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Western Black Widow

Latrodectus hesperus


I was taking a hike through the prairie and saw a bumblebee (bombus) He flew along until he landed on a flower. Unfortunately he was next to a spiders web, a black widow spider web to be specific. The spider got the bee caught in her web, and then made short work of the helpless bee. Afterword he retreated to the abandoned prairie dog hole in the ground and waited for his next meal.


Prairie Dog hole. Semi arid prairie conditions. Very grassy and dry


1. One of my friends saw another black widow which was having a grasshopper for a meal. 2. They were out in a un-secluded area which is a little strange for a spider. 3. Very speedy creatures. It attacked the bee extremely fast. Bumblebee:

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1 Comment

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 8 years ago

Are black widows supposed to be out in a open prairie?

Captain Nature
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Captain Nature

Cut Bank, Montana, USA

Spotted on May 26, 2013
Submitted on May 27, 2013

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