The Notorious Black Widow Spiders

The Black Widow Spiders

The Black widow spiders are much feared because of their venom: a scary 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake! These notorious creatures are identified by a colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. Found in temperate regions around the world, if bites a human, can cause muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm. It’s bites can be deadly for small children and the elderly. But fortunately, this happens very rare as the spiders are nonaggressive and bite only in self-defense.

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Interestingly, the male black widow spiders are at most risk from the female ones. The female black widow sometimes kill and eat their male counterparts after mating. The mating is violent but these spiders remain in solitude the year round.

The females weave large webs in which they suspend a cocoon with hundreds of eggs. These spiders use these webs to trap their prey e.g. flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars.

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