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Black Widow II by Kimberly Chadwick

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TOP TEN WINNER (8th Place) in the Spiders Challenge 3-13-10

My daughter spotted her in the shed. So I grabbed a few shots of her. To see one out where she was, well was surprising. I DO NOT recommend you do macro’s on Black Widows. With that said, I thought I got a few good shots of her. As lethal as they are, they truly are a gorgeous creatures. Taken in my shed in Marana AZ. I tried to get her classic hourglass in this shot.

Latrodectus hesperus, the Western black widow spider or Western widow, is a highly venomous spider species found in western regions of the United States of America. The female’s body is 14–16 millimeters in length and is black, often with an hourglass shaped red mark on the lower abdomen. The male of the species is around half this size and generally a tan color with lighter striping on the abdomen. The population was previously described as a subspecies of Latrodectus mactans and it is closely related to the northern species Latrodectus variolus. The species, as with others of the genus, build irregular webs, the strands of which are very strong.

The female’s consumption of the male after courtship, a cannabilistic and suicidal behaviour observed in Latrodectus hasseltii (Australia’s redback),2 is rare in this species. Male Western widows may breed several times during its relatively shorter lifespan

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Comments

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    This is absolutely outstanding! Wonderful job getting that diagnostic red hourglass – worthy of any insect/arachnid field guide.

  • That is a very flattering comment! I am truly blushing! Thank you so much for taking the time!!!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

  • OMG, so didn’t know this was here, thank you…..

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jim Sugrue
    Jim Sugrueabout 4 years ago

    Wow – that is some shot! Perfectly captured and real creepy!

  • Thank you again my new friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 2 years ago

    I liked this so much… Guess what?

    CONGRATULATIONS
    ………….Johan

  • WOW! Thank you for the recognition! I am honored!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and great detail. Fabulous macro. Congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you so very much Christina, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Erma
    Ermaover 2 years ago

    Perfect shot!

  • Thanks very much Erma!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 2 years ago


    Congratulations Kimberly with your Feature in Insects, Bugs and Creepy Crawlies!
    Excellent work and very well deserved!!!
    Greetings, Jo ;)

  • Thank you so very much Jo!!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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