This might be a brown widow spider. We’re not sure, but it’s a moot point now since I inadvertently killed it yesterday. These pictures are of the belly of the spider and the ones I posted a few days ago are of the back.
Dillon, my son, first said no, it’s not a Brown Widow, but then after looking more, he said maybe. So the jury is still out.
But as to “inadvertently” killing it.
Yesterday I found two wasps in the house by the back door. I got the bug spray and sprayed inside and outside the door since I wasn’t sure where they came from. Next thing I know, the spider is dangling from a strand of web and was struggling from the poison. I couldn’t quite bring myself to just kill it outright, so picked up a twig and swept it down and away from the door.
The web was not rebuilt this morning, so if it survived, she’s moved somewhere else.