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Western BLack Widow(immature)

Latrodectus hesperus

Description:

this was a tiny spider crawling on the wall of the shed.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Western Black Widow (immature)
Latrodectus hesperus Species Latrodectus hesperus - Western Black Widow - BugGuide.Net


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23 Comments

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Shannon!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks ,next to gone!!

nexttogone
nexttogone 9 years ago

How interesting! Great find!

ShannonE
ShannonE 9 years ago

How cool! Beautiful coloration.

JeffStreifling
JeffStreifling 9 years ago

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

It is fun. I am really enjoying see the variety, especially from other areas of the world. Your spotting has taught me a lot. Thanks :)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Gators,would love to hear more. I learned just so much more by exchanging a few lines! The Marvel Of PN!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Gators ,thanks for sharing the excellent link on how to differentiate between the brown and black widow. Remarkable link!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

Just in case you have not heard enough from me; here is my spotting of a Brown Widow egg sac. They do not look real with their pointy surface; PN spotting http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/105...

JeffStreifling
JeffStreifling 9 years ago

Yeah, you often find them around the periphery of a females hideout.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

I have been reading more and it seems that the immatures of male and female look very similar in the Western Black Widow. I did find this discussion about telling a Brown Widow from a Western Black Widow very interesting and it had lots of photos to show you the variability of looks these spiders take as they grow up. Fascinating: http://cisr.ucr.edu/identifying_brown_wi...

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

I thought that the difference in coloration of mature and immature was remarkable,jeff.
So the males look like this?

JeffStreifling
JeffStreifling 9 years ago

That's cool looking spider. The males around here look very similar to that.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Kunzah. It is spectacular!!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Spectacular pattern on it.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Thanks Gators, I will go with Western.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

I assigned the Western based on the What's that bug image. There is a Northern, but the juveniles seem to have a darker thorax.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

Even the spiders you have a BITE are pretty and interesting. Best to know so you can admire from a distance. I learned a new look with this juvenile too.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

I was quite surprised by the fact that this was an immature black widow. The difference in colors between mature and immature is so different that it is quite hard to believe that it is the same spider!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Well Gators , I have to admit that your ID skills are awesome!! I was hoping for something else though. Markings are really beautiful and unique.A Design on a opaque white background.
Thanks for this interesting ID! :)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

I think I might have bad news; Immature Black Widow Spider Found this on What's That Bug
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2010/03/16/i...

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 9 years ago

How tiny? This one has an interesting patten on the abdomen. Orbweaver, cobweb, hmmm. I am not great on spiders. Usually ID by brute force looking.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Enoplognatha sp?

HemaShah
Spotted by
HemaShah

Tulare, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2012
Submitted on Oct 2, 2012

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