black widow spiders

April 27, 2010 by  

Black Widow Spiders

Black Widows get the name because of the myth that females eat the male after mating. The fact is that this is very rare. Females are about ½ inch long with a red “hour glass” design on the abdomen. They are shiny black in color. Males are not a danger to humans as they do not bite. Black widows feed on other spiders and insects. Venom can be fatal but mostly in children. Widows try to avoid high traffic areas but will attack if guarding the nest or if they feel threatened. In Iowa, widows are rarely found unless brought in from other states.

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