Latrodectus hesperus
(Western Black Widow)

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Picture of Latrodectus hesperus (Western Black Widow) - Dorsal

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Black Widow. Male

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Disco
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Based on coloration and location, Latrodectus certainly, likely a male Latrodectus Hesperus or Black Widow

Ryneaeiel
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This is a (nearly adult) female Latrodectus hesperus, aka Western black widow. I keep this species personally and breed them every spring. For reference, this is a picture of a sub-adult female L. hesperus:
http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/spiders/IMG_2883.jpg

ItsyBitsy
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Hi, welcome to Spider ID. 🙂 Your image has been filed. What I can make out of the palps looks feminine but I opted to leave the gender blank.

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