Portraits of Nature - Northern Black Widow


Northern Black Widow (Latrodectus variolus)

Note: The "broken" hourglass is one of the identification marks that indicates that this is a Northern Black Widow rather than the Southern Black Widow. The Southern Black Widow's hourglass is solid.

4 comments:

aristide said...

dove l' hai trovata e' una vedova negra!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Northern or Southern, these spiders creep me out, Daniel. As a rule spiders do not scare or bother me. However, there are two exceptions - Brown Recluse and Black Widow. Shudder. Um thanks for the morning wake up photo, Daniel - ahem. LOL!

Eve said...

Daniel...last night...not long after your lovely tick post...I found 6 tiny ticks attached to me!!! Now what am I to expect...finding a black widow!!!!! OH MY...do I have to stop coming here to see what's next???
Wild horses couldn't drag me away, but oh the thought of seeing a black widow is not plesant at all. I really must learn to stay out of the weeds.

Kim said...

Wow, such a tiny distinguishing mark.