Black Widow

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

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