THE BLACK WIDOW SPIDER - member of the genus Latrodectus - Knopies spinnekop

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

Artist's Description

Captured: GROENLAND SAFARI’S, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, SOUTH AFRICA

Nikon D50
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 55mm
1/60 sec – F/5.6
Sensitivity: ISO 400

The Black Widow spiders are members of the genus Latrodectus.
Their bites are painful and can cause muscle aches, vomiting and difficultiy in breathing. Because of this, the Black Widow has gained a bad reputation. Actually it is the female Black Widow spider that earned Black widows the bad rep-its venom glands are very large (compared to the male, whose bite is negligible), plus they eat the male after mating.
If you are bitten by a spider like the ones in this picture you should quickly go to the nearest doctor for help.
The Black Widow is not an aggressive animal, as these spiders do not bite if they are not threatened, pressed of pinched.
As shown in the picture here, the Black Widow has a shiny black body color and a red marking , which makes the little red spider easily recognized.

Black Widows are found in all continents except Antartica.

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