The black widow spider http://www.desertusa.com/insects/photos/DSCN2562.jpg, scientifically referred to as Latrodectus hesperusis, is one of the most venomous spiders in North America. However, it is the female that carries the venom, with an approximate toxicity of 15 times that of the prairie rattlesnake.
As opposed to the highly venomous females, males are considered relatively juvenile and harmless. The female variety is so hostile that in certain occasions, it will kill and eat the male after mating.
The female black widow spider measures between 0.5 to 1.5 inches depending on how wide the legs are stretched. I know a guy at plumber Roswell, GA who got bit by one and it wasn’t pretty. While the males have longer legs, they measure about have of the females body length and size.
Both the males and females have a shiny globular abdomens which are predominantly black but may be brown as well.
The females can be spotted with a characteristic reddish hourglass shape on their Continue reading Black Widow