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Redback spider

Latrodectus hasseltii

Description:

Female eats the male after mating hence got its name the "black widow", They have unusually large venom glands and its bite is particularly harmful to humans; however, Latrodectus bites rarely kill humans if proper medical treatment is provided.

Habitat:

backyard

Notes:

My friend brought it to me. We both were equally curious about this beautiful black spider with red spot on its back and most important thing is that we were not aware about it being poisonous. So I kept it, photographed it and released in my home only, but never got to see it again.

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Black Widow
Latrodectus Latrodectus


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9 Comments

Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 10 years ago

thanks all..thanks martinl for the information

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

This is a female. Latrodectus is called the redback spider in Australia and has a very straight red line. In USA it is called a black widow and has an hourglass shaped red marking. They occur worldwide but the red marking pattern varies.

Atul
Atul 10 years ago

Lovely spot Milind!

eftco88
eftco88 10 years ago

Amazing. I assume that is a black widow male, since the female has also a red mark but has the shape of an hourglass. Very great picture.

Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 10 years ago

Thanks a lot ashish sir :)
will do it right now :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

This is very much interesting spotting Milind...
This specie is considered as same find in Australia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redback_spi...

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Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 10 years ago

k... Thanks a lot for your help.. :)

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

The black widows have a lot of variations, so unfortunately I cannot help any further, sorry.

Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 10 years ago

Thanks phillip torres for the Genus.
Any pick on exact species?

Milind Mangare
Spotted by
Milind Mangare

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Dec 30, 2012
Submitted on Jan 22, 2013

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