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Latrodectus (Theridiidae) Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by Kugellager, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. oneiric

    oneiric Arachnopeon

    and another smaller female (about one/third the size)


    and both of them together, both after meals

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  2. oneiric

    oneiric Arachnopeon

    small female found in texas (unfortunately she escaped)


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  3. menavodi

    menavodi Arachnopeon

    L. curacaviensis, the male cleaning his bulb. One of my better pictures I took many years ago.
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  4. JohnWhite

    JohnWhite Arachnopeon


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  5. JohnWhite

    JohnWhite Arachnopeon

    My female Latrodectus bishopi looking for a mature male
  6. Daveyig

    Daveyig Arachnopeon

    I have this new interest in spiders all of the sudden, and felt like I needed to get out onto some forums and explore the arachnoworld. I didn't realize that there is actually an interest in common spiders. I spent a few minutes browsing the page, and decided to go out and snap some pics out around my property. Hope you enjoy.
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  7. Scoly

    Scoly Arachnobaron

    Latrodectus tredicimguttatus IMG_20160806_191148.jpg IMG_20160806_191555.jpg
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  8. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Edit: I just noticed the date, but I'll leave this up in case anyone finds it helpful.

    Latrodectus mactans (the southern black widow) and Latrodectus hesperus (the western black widow) are closely related and similar in appearance. Some differences:
    • range: mactans is a southern species that occurs in the eastern and central U.S.; hesperus occurs in the western half of the country. (Their range overlaps around Texas and Oklahoma.) See this map.
    • markings: Unfortunately, separation (or lack thereof) of the hourglass marking is not a reliable way to distinguish between these two species, as both typically have a complete or connected hourglass. (Latrodectus variolus typically has an incomplete or disconnected hourglass.) However, there are some subtle differences. Hesperus usually has a more symmetrical hourglass, with the top being a mirror image of the bottom. In mactans, the bottom (posterior half) of the hourglass often looks wider and less triangular than the top. For examples, see Widowman's site.
    • size: mactans tends to be a little smaller than hesperus.
    • egg sacs: mactans makes grey spherical egg sacs; hesperus makes tan pear-shaped egg sacs
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  9. Esherman81

    Esherman81 Arachnoknight Active Member

    nice looking spider
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  10. LilTwister123

    LilTwister123 Arachnopeon Active Member

    I would love to buy a female off of you when you have bigger babies and I have more money. I haven't had the luck of finding my own yet. I have a gravid L geometricus ( brown widow) but that's all.
  11. Jimmy Jamblez

    Jimmy Jamblez Arachnopeon

    You guys have some serious photography skills and macro lenses happening. I'm going to upgrade my camera equipment soon too haha. For now, here's some Samsung Galaxy S6 camera action.

    I have two Widows (Red Backs here in Sydney). Here's my new mama.

    a.jpg b.jpg
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  12. Esherman81

    Esherman81 Arachnoknight Active Member

    Pretty widows ..some day I will have one
  13. RebelWolf

    RebelWolf Arachnosquire

    Wow, nice looking redbacks right there
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  14. Any chance someone can confirm that this is not Latrodectus? Previous pictures of it had been identified as a juvenile male. I was quite surprised as the species has been seen around here but I believe it's uncommon.
    I don't typically like to disturb wild spiders but it was taken down to get better shots and it quickly became apparent that this spider was likely not male or juvenile. Teeny tiny spiderlings can be seen around it.
    I still wasn't able to get the best shots but hopefully there's enough to get an idea of what I'm working with.

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  15. Arthropapa

    Arthropapa Arachnopeon

    263AC7B1-DFD1-4631-8B8A-2695C02ECFA4.jpeg My L. hesperus. Her name is Dancing Queen!
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  16. nageuse

    nageuse Arachnopeon

    Wow. So you received a wild fertilized female widow, and she had so much stored sperm that, with enough food, she could produce several sacs. In the summer of 2015, Detroit, I entertained a wild Argiope aurantia on my porch and invited all the neighbor kids to come feed her. She made 2 huge sacs with all that food. She actually freed grasshoppers when she was well fed.
  17. Flexzone

    Flexzone Arachnodemon

    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018
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  18. RebelWolf

    RebelWolf Arachnosquire

    L. hesperus seem to be the most beautiful species of widow spider to me. My favorite specie
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  19. Atx512

    Atx512 Arachnopeon




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  20. Jimmy Jamblez

    Jimmy Jamblez Arachnopeon

    Whoa Atx512 mate those photos are brilliant. I wish I could take pics like that. Excellent home as well. That cricket is a goner haha.

    I've recently cleaned out one of my terrariums and reduced my Red Back's home to a more "flat" area so that she can set her trip wires properly as she was having issues with webbing in the old set up.

    Here she is (apologies for my photo quality).
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