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>
This is the distinctive red hourglass pattern on the lower abdomen of a female black widow. Getting this photo was even more difficult...
Black Widow - female
Lactrodectus mactans

WARNING: Highly venomous!
April 24, 2008

This is the distinctive red hourglass pattern on the lower abdomen of a female black widow. Getting this photo was even more difficult than getting the top view! I had to carefully transfer her into a petri dish, flip it over, focus and snap the picture before she righted herself. This was one time she did not like being upside down!

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