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

Close-up of a Black Widow's spinneret
Close-up of a Black Widow's spinneret with a strand of web. Note the tiny hairs on the inside of her rear "foot". My spider finally caught one of the flies I had put in her enclosure! It seems Black Widows must have poor vision and have to detect their prey by feeling the movement on their web. Another fly I had put in with her previously walked right in front of her and she never noticed it! This fly got caught in her web and she will soon dine on it!
Kenny and I named her "Arachne" since we've had her for 3 months and we've become attached to her (as long as she doesn't become physically attached to us, we'll have a successful relationship!). :)