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Black Widow or Hobo Spider

Reader Suspects a Hobo Spider, But Could It be a Black Widow?

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Updated February 01, 2010

Black Widow or Hobo Spider
(c) Marie Weidner

A reader sent in a picture of a possible spider bite and described how the victim originally saw two small holes at the site. The two holes later became inflamed.

The reader says a hobo spider was found in the victim's home. Could it be? Identifying spiders can be very difficult. Brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders are the most well-known, but lots of hairy arachnids look like hobo spiders.

The reader's description of two small holes next to each other sounds very much like a black widow bite. The truth is, we may never know. Indeed, this could be some other bug bite entirely, or a skin infection.

Have a spider bite you want to share? Submit a picture of your spider bite.

Want to talk about spider bites? Ask others and see more bites on the First Aid Forum.

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