All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Black Widow</strong> - female <em>
Lactrodectus mactans</em>
WARNING: Highly venomous!
April 24, 2008<br>
You know you have found a true friend when you get a call and she says she has captured a female Black Widow spider for you! My friend...
Black Widow - female
Lactrodectus mactans

WARNING: Highly venomous!
April 24, 2008

You know you have found a true friend when you get a call and she says she has captured a female Black Widow spider for you! My friend Diana found this spider in the crawlspace under her house and captured her by coaxing her onto a Swiffer (c) duster! Now that was imaginative!
Getting a photo of a highly agitated and highly venomous spider is not an easy task! I tried three different containers until I found something that had a big enough opening I could put my macro lens into but she she couldn't climb out. A slippery-sided glass goldfish bowl worked great!
Black Widows are highly venomous so I had to be very careful. I used a pair of tongs to move her from one container to another. These spiders have a neurotoxic venom which is rarely fatal when they bite. However, the venom can cause severe pain.
Black Widows are often found near homes in dark corners of basements, under flower pots, wood piles, in water meters, in porch light fixtures, etc. They are cobweb weavers and make a messy nest. Despite their foreboding name, these lovely spiders rarely eat their mate!
For more information regarding Black Widow spiders, visit this website:
Black Widow Information

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