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Are there black widow spiders in the Seattle area?

Answer:

Yes, although according to Washington State University entomologist Todd Murray, the hobo spider, or aggressive house spider, is the most common type of spider in Seattle area, black widows can also be found, although rarely. AnswerParty!

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A spider bite is an injury resulting from the bites of spiders or other closely related arachnids.

Spiders are active hunters and rely heavily on their bites to paralyze and kill their prey before consuming it. They also bite in self-defense. While many spiders will never attack animals larger than themselves, some—e.g., Atrax robustus—exhibit a rather aggressive behavior and will stand their ground when approached by larger animals. Most spider bites occur when humans unintentionally press up against spiders and receive a defensive bite. On rare occasions, spiders may make prey mistakes and bite a human finger or other body part as though it were a caterpillar or other such insect.

Phyla Protostome Araneomorphae

The hobo spider (Tegenaria agrestis) is a member of the genus of spiders known colloquially as funnel web spiders, but not to be confused with the Australian funnel-web spider. It is one of a small number of spiders whose bites are generally considered to be medically significant. Individuals construct a funnel-shaped structure of silk sheeting and lie in wait at the small end of the funnel for prey insects to blunder onto their webs. Hobo spiders sometimes build their webs in or around human habitations.

Latrodectus Spider

A spider bite is an injury resulting from the bites of spiders or other closely related arachnids.

Spiders are active hunters and rely heavily on their bites to paralyze and kill their prey before consuming it. They also bite in self-defense. While many spiders will never attack animals larger than themselves, some—e.g., Atrax robustus—exhibit a rather aggressive behavior and will stand their ground when approached by larger animals. Most spider bites occur when humans unintentionally press up against spiders and receive a defensive bite. On rare occasions, spiders may make prey mistakes and bite a human finger or other body part as though it were a caterpillar or other such insect.

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Todd Murray (born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) is an American cabaret singer and songwriter.

Murray grew up in the small rural town of Montandon, Pennsylvania and graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and business, and from there went on to be involved in theater productions at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the South Coast Repertory. He starred in an Off-Broadway production of The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan and joined the touring production of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden. From the stage, Murray moved to work in nightclub and cabaret settings and built a solid reputation as a crooner, singing jazz, swing, and American standards nationally and internationally with critical acclaim.

Washington State University (WSU) is a public research university based in Pullman, in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1890, WSU (colloquially referred to as Wazzu) is the state's original and largest land-grant university. The university is well known for its programs in chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, food science, plant science, architecture, neuroscience and communications. It is ranked in the top-ten universities in the US in terms of clean technology and it is one of 96 public and private universities in America with "very high research activity," as determined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. WSU is ranked among the top half of national universities at 115th according to U.S. News and World Report. With an undergraduate enrollment of 21,816 and a total student enrollment of 27,008, it is the third largest institution of higher education in Washington state.

The university also operates campuses across Washington known as WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver, all founded in 1989. In 2012, WSU launched an Internet-based Global Campus, which includes its online degree program, WSU Online. These campuses award primarily bachelor's and master's degrees. Freshmen and sophomores were first admitted to the Vancouver campus in 2006 and to the Tri-Cities campus in 2007. Total enrollment for the four campuses and WSU Online exceeds 25,900 students. In 2009, this included a record 1,447 international students, the highest since 1994 when there were 1,442.

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