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A black widow spider in the garden.
The female black widow spider is easily recognizable by the hourglass marking on her abdomen. The males are often lighter in color and exhibit a series of red spots on their abdomen rather than the hourglass shape. This page contains photos of black widow spiders.
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January 12, 2011

I work for a city utility company, and this spider was in a water meter can.

By LaDonna B.

Black Widow Spider

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November 6, 2016
male black widow spider under a flowerpot
 
A black widow outside.
 

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I took some photos of a beautifully marked male black widow. The females are the ones which are venomous--actually more venomous than a rattlesnake. This one is enjoying the day, hiding under an overturned pot. I rarely see male black widows, probably because the females eat them after mating, hence their name, black widow.

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The females have an hourglass red figure on their backs. They must really love being single. ;) Moral of the story--wear gloves in the garden and enjoy the wildlife!

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Hampton,TN

A black widow outside.
 
A black widow outside.
 

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