Not exactly the greeting I was expecting when I realised the power had gone off this morning and stumbled out to the circuit breaker box to see what was up!
Still, I didn’t have the heart to kill her…just another mum protecting her bubs.
The Redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii) is a dangerous spider endemic to Australia. It is a member of the genus Latrodectus, or widow family of spiders, which are found throughout the world. The female is easily recognisable by her black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side (i.e. the back) of her abdomen. Females have a body length of about a centimetre while the male is smaller, being only 3 to 4 millimetres long. The Redback spider is one of few arachnids which display sexual cannibalism while mating.