Latrodectus hesperus
(Western Black Widow)

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Picture of Latrodectus hesperus (Western Black Widow)
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TangledWeb

This might be Western Spotted Orbweaver, the markings are a bit odd.

Nod

This one has me really puzzled. That was my first guess. …this is my second…..and it is just a total guess …it is so hairless I and monochrome…other than the white pattern… I think It has a look of one of the widow spiders???… the relative sizes of its legs … the look of the joints… the position of the white band at the top and the white dashes at the side….its abdomen looks a little shriveled ….could the color be washed out by a camera flash….compare to this one…https://bugguide.net/node/view/2303229/bgimage

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TangledWeb

Thanks! The body and legs weren’t quite right for an orbweaver. It helps a lot to have seen a spider in-person. I live on the opposite coast (the left side) of USA from where this species lives. I haven’t seen any Black Widows at all.

Nod

I live as in rainy old Ireland. I do love spiders but I am very used to living with nothing likely to bite me except a flea. I would probably run for the hills if I ever saw a true widow.

TangledWeb

The New England part of USA is like original England and Europe. The last thing that bit me was my dog. She propped her chew toy onto my arm and made a spatial misjudgment with her jaws. We don’t have any dangerous spiders and the venomous snakes are carefully segregated away from people. There are Black Bears, coyotes, foxes, and wildcats, but they stay away from people mostly. The bobcats live in and under cemetery crypts, which is interesting to me and surprising that nobody appears to have tried to remove them or their tunnels.

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