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Baby Black Widow
Theridiidae
Latrodectus Mactans
Type: Arachnid

Effect: Neutral
gardengeek
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Theridiidae
Tangle web
Araneoidea
8-Eyed
Entelegynae
Genital Plate
Araneoclada
Araneomorphae
Araneae
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Arachnida
Arachnida
Arachnids
Chelicerata
Arthropoda
Jointed Feet
Ecdysozoa
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Protostomia
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Two-Way Symmetry
Eumetazoa
True Higher Animals
Animalia
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Eukaryota
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Cells with a Nucleus


Theridiidae Family
Latrodectus Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

Utah




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Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow




Baby Black Widow


Comment: Baby Black Widow

Page Posts: 5

gardengeek
gardengeek
May 16, 2013
The best way that I know is the eye pattern. Two on the top row, four on the bottom row.

The amazing thing about Black Widow development, is how many different designs they go through to reach adulthood. Circles, swirls, x's and other shapes come and go as they slowly get darker. The hourglass starts out as a subtle X under their abdomen. You can see the beginnings on one of the shots.
The other way is their web, which in the case of the Black Widow, is extremely strong, and very disorganized looking. It sometimes looks like fine steel wire.

AngelicBeaver
AngelicBeaver
May 16, 2013
I apologize. I guess a lot of baby spiders look very similar. I'm wondering if the way to tell the difference is the stripe or spot on the spider's back. The photo I have, and the spiders I saw, had little dark brown or black stripes or spots on their backs, toward the tail end. It doesn't appear that your widow babies have this. Is that correct?
gardengeek
gardengeek
May 15, 2013
I've lived around Black Widows my whole life. You can clearly see the eye pattern, and the pattern on the abdomen. These are definitely Black Widows, I know because I kept a few of them until adulthood, as I've done many times before. I still think they are beautiful, and I wouldn't suggest killing them anyway.
AngelicBeaver
AngelicBeaver
May 15, 2013
These are not baby black widows. These are baby garden spiders (Argiope aurantia). Look here: en.wikipedia.org wiki Argiope_aurantia

If you're not careful, people will misidentify and kill these beautiful spiders, thinking they are black widows.

Thunder
Thunder
June 02, 2010
Wow! great shots!

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