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Black Widow

Latrodectus mactans


Small glossy black spider with red marking on dorsal and ventral surfaces. Marking on ventral abdomen is usually in the shape of an hourglass.


The black widow spider prefers dark, undisturbed areas such as deep insider closets or garage corners. This individual was found under the toilet lid of a long-abandoned campsite.


The black widow is one of two spiders of medical significance in Oklahoma. Its venom is neurotoxic, though rarely fatal.

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Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 7 years ago

Great Shot!

KarenL 11 years ago

Congrats Greg, your spotting has been featured in the Project Noah Valentine's Day blog!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Fantastic picture!

alina 11 years ago

What a great picture! So sharp & clear.. the spider almost looks like its made of plastic.

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago

Stunning picture!!

MaryEvans2 11 years ago

stunning photos

VivysBarFre 12 years ago

Bella !!Linda!!Wonderfull!

rutasandinas 12 years ago

Fantastico!!! gran imagen

KarlaVelardez 12 years ago

That one is cool :) I was bit by one in the third grade and almost died. :(

Steve A
Steve A 12 years ago

Such a clear photo. They are so like the Aussie redback (to which they are related) - but the "black widow" name alone sends chills down the spine!

LatrodectusMactan 12 years ago

ow..its me..hehe..same name..

RaquelAntunes 12 years ago


Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 12 years ago

Amazing pictures!

Atul 12 years ago

superb spotting!

alicelongmartin 12 years ago

Thanks for your story Laura and your pictures grmayberry

pamsai 12 years ago

fabulous photo, you can see every little hair!

smutnee80 12 years ago

What a great photo!!

LauraMaria 12 years ago

When I was a kid, the local natural history museum had a collection of live animals, including a black widow tank, which they'd put a toilet seat in. They said that black widows loved using toilet seats to make webs, and for years after, even though we lived too far north in Canada to get them, I always checked under the toilet seat for any rogues! I laughed a little when you said you found this guy under a toilet seat :) Beautiful picture, well done on getting that close haha!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Great spotting..

Pino 12 years ago

Extremely attractive and deadly !

Gorgeous creatures they are ........ and a great picture!

KarenL 12 years ago

Wow, lovely spot!

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Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Jun 14, 2010
Submitted on Jan 11, 2012

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