Black widows are notorious spiders easily distinguishable by the coloured, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. This spider's bite is much feared because its venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's! Females, much to the males dismay sometimes kill and eat their counterparts after mating. Black widows are solitary year-round except during this violent mating ritual.
These scary spiders spin large elaborate webs in which females suspend a cocoon with hundreds of eggs. Black widow spiders also use their webs to ensnare their prey which is why they are so feared in the insect world.
Black widows are also "comb-footed" spiders, which basically means they completely cover their prey with silk once it has been trapped leaving little to no chance of escape.
To feed, black widows puncture their insect prey with their vampiric fangs and administer a horrid cocktail of digestive enzymes to the corpses. By using these enzymes, and their gnashing fangs, the spiders liquefy their prey's bodies and suck up the resulting fluid. EW!
Their play style is one of patience, and very deadly force.
+ Adult females have the most powerful venom available
+ Web spinner
+ Can paralyze their enemies
+ Eight legs
+ Able to ensnare prey
+ Can go a long time between meals
- Cannot fly
- Vulnerable body
- Occasionally eats mate after reproduction
- Slow eater
- Weak when young
Egg > Juvenile Spiderling > Adult Male/Female (Several stages)
Desert, Forest, Urban & Jungle
Webs between flat rocks, in woodpiles, and inside barns and other outbuildings.
Flying & climbing insects/arachnids