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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Black Widow Spider

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The black widow spider is not as dangerous as its reputation implies. It has caused only 55 human deaths during a 217-year period.

Black widow spiders are found throughout the warm parts of the world. The most familiar species are in North America. They are known for their powerful venom, which is deadly to prey but rarely fatal to humans. In other countries, black widows may be known by different names, such as hourglass, redback, jockey, or button spider.

The black widow spider lives in various types of wild habitat and cultivated farmland, but it is best known for populating human residencies. It likes dark, secluded places, such as cellars, sheds, and underneath houses. this spider spins its messy web beneath floorboards or in piles of rubbish and wood.

The black widow spider eats flies, moths, and other flying insects, as well as ants and even some spiders. It spins a tangled, three-dimensional webs. The male black widow's webs is much small than the female's.

Did you know? 
  • The myth that the female black widow always eats the male after mating is untrue. Only when the male becomes weak and near death after several matings does the female eat him. 
  • The male black widow is much smaller than the female. Because it produces only a tiny amount of venom and has fangs too small to penetrate skin, the male black widow is harmless to humans. 
  • Young, growing spiders are capable of regenerating missing legs.

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