Black Widow ~ Female by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in my backyard Marana,AZ, found by my hubby using a Canon Powershot SX110IS. After trying to explain why there was a “sane” reason why I should get my face that close to it…lol, and this man wants to marry me?

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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  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...almost 5 years ago

    Very brave of you and a super capture, although I hope you exterminated her after the shot! Nonetheless a great shot!

  • That was part of the, yes we said farewell to her as she left this world….Thank you Daniel!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 5 years ago

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Nice work. Great macro my friend.Lot`s of luck on your lovelife….Hugs…Tom

  • LOL, thank you Tom. Bless his heart, he is so good with all my antics!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Another sterling catch of a handsome spidey. I’d be more wary of her than of that Tarantula, but like you, I’d Get That Shot!

  • Great minds as always….thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bill McMullen
    Bill McMullenalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific Macro!!

  • Many thanks Bill, I appreciate your feedback!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Well captured!
    I had not realised that the Black Widow has red marking on her abdomen similar to the marking on the back of our Redback!

  • Wow, Trish I missed this, I am sorry darlin! I thank you so much! I thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    Great Capture. As you have said, our species we call the Red Back and it is also very venomous. Generally found in old buildings and rubbish. Wayne

  • I have not seen a Red Back, I must look that up. Many thanks Wayne!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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