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Black Widow

Latrodectus mactans

Description:

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

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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

No species ID suggestions

22 Comments

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 2 years ago

Great Shot!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Congrats Greg, your spotting has been featured in the Project Noah Valentine's Day blog! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4308288...

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Fantastic picture!

alina
alina 6 years ago

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

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Stunning picture!!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 6 years ago

stunning photos

VivysBarFre
VivysBarFre 6 years ago

Bella !!Linda!!Wonderfull!

harsuame
harsuame 6 years ago

Fantastico!!! gran imagen

KarlaVelardez
KarlaVelardez 7 years ago

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

Steve A
Steve A 7 years ago

Such a clear photo. They are so like the Aussie redback (to which they are related) http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/670... - but the "black widow" name alone sends chills down the spine!

LatrodectusMactan
LatrodectusMactan 7 years ago

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

RaquelAntunes
RaquelAntunes 7 years ago

Fantastic!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 7 years ago

Amazing pictures!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

superb spotting!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Thanks for your story Laura and your pictures grmayberry

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

fabulous photo, you can see every little hair!

smutnee80
smutnee80 7 years ago

What a great photo!!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 7 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 7 years ago

Great spotting..

Pino
Pino 7 years ago

Extremely attractive and deadly !

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

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Wow, lovely spot!

Oklahoma, USA

Lat: 34.41, Long: -96.54

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

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