Brown County couple finds black widow spider on property

A couple in Wisconsin’s Brown County are trying to figure out the origin of a black widow spider they found on their property in New Franken.

Shane Magle tells WLUK-TV that he found the spider Monday. His girlfriend, Stephanie Lardo, took pictures and contacted University of Wisconsin-Green Bay entomologist Michael Draney.

Draney confirmed it as an adult female northern black widow. He said there have been previous reports of them in the state, but they’re not common. He said the spider’s bite is painful, but rarely fatal.