Black Widow & Brown Violin Spider
( Above: Black Widow ) ( Above: Brown Violin )
The Brown Violin Spider is a close cousin to the Brown Recluse ( which is not found in hawaii) they look almost identical. Bites from them can be fatal in rare cases. They are commonly found in woodpiles, under loose bark and under old boards. Both males & females are venemous and will bite in self defense if leaned against or crushed.
The Black Widow is a well-known spider but rarely seen in Hawaii. They can be easily recognized by the red or orange hourglass figure on the underside of the abdomen. Females and males are venemous but the males either do not put out as much venom or the fangs cannot pierce the skin.
Both spiders make their webs in dark areas such as basements, sheds, garages, crawl spaces, etc. They both tend to keep their webs close to ground level. They both hunt at night but the Black Widow tends to hunt from their nest and the Brown Violin tends to leave their nest to hunt.