I can’t remember how long it has been since I have seen one, but when I turned over the rain barrel by my greenhouse it jumped out at me like coal on snow. It was a female black widow spider hiding on the wooden frame below the barrel. The red hour-glass contrasted brilliantly against the shining black exoskeleton on her abdomen. I carefully photographed her and wondered if she could or would bite one of my chickens or if my chickens would eat her if they had the chance.
|Female Black Widow Spider; Latrodectus mactans|