The black widow spider, also known as Latrodectus mactans, is a venomous spider known for its distinctive black and red coloring. The female black widow is considered the most venomous spider in North America. These spiders are known for their potent venom and tendency to bite when threatened.
Black widow spiders are typically found in North and South America and parts of Europe and Asia.
The female black widow is known for its distinctive black and red coloring, with a red hourglass shape on the underside of the abdomen.
Black widow venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake, making it the most venomous spider in North America.
Despite this, black widow bites are rarely fatal to humans, and fatalities are very rare due to the availability of antivenom.
The venom of a black widow spider can cause muscle pain, cramping, and stiffness, as well as other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and seizures.
Black widow spiders are solitary creatures and typically only come into contact with other spiders during mating.
Female black widow spiders are known for eating their partners after mating, earning them the name "black widow."
Black widow spiders typically build their webs in the dark, undisturbed areas such as basements, sheds, and woodpiles.
They are nocturnal creatures and are most active at night.
Black widow spiders can live up to 3 years in the wild and are known to be aggressive when threatened.