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Western black widow

Latrodectus hesperus

Description:

Your standard black widow, specifically the western species. Shiny black body, round abdomen, scarlet hourglass on the underside, and pointy legs. Can't forget that intimidating, deliberate gait.

Habitat:

Dry, weedy corner of backyard

Notes:

Found this evil beauty under a thick wooden board. From the looks of that plump egg sac, it appears she's going to produce a healthy batch of spiderlings this year. A short while after I flipped the board upside down, she began dragging the egg sac to her web in an attempt to get it out of the sun. What a clever and caring mother. I snapped the photo as quick as I could and turned the board back over. Females must love it there, because earlier in the year I found another in the exact same spot, with an egg sac to boot. There were also a ton of pholcids, probably Physocyclus, and a couple Dysdera crocata, under there too. I wanted to grab a pic of the latter, but they said no way and ran off the board and into the weeds.

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Welcome to Project Noah ZackSaavedra
Nice first spotting,congrats and thanks for sharing
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Amarillo, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 14, 2015
Submitted on Apr 14, 2015

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