Black Widow Spiders

Black Widow Spiders

About Black Widow Spiders

Latrodectus is a genus of spider, in the family Theridiidae, which contains 32 recognized species. The common name widow spiders is sometimes applied to members of the genus due to the behavior of the female of eating the male after mating, although sometimes the males of some species are not eaten after mating, and can go on to fertilize other females.

Contributions by Patrick0Moran, Cygnis insignis, and Sarefo.