Friday, August 19, 2011

The Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spiders Are Identified By Their Red Hour Glass Shape On Their Black Bodies
Fortunately deaths from Black Widow Spider Bites are fairly rare with most deaths occurring when small children, the elderly, and people with low immune systems are bitten by the spider. The female black widow spider quite often kills and eats her mate after she mates with him. The Black Widow Spider usually only bites when they are crushed. Every year many people a year are bitten carrying in firewood.

The female Black Widow Spider spins a large web and she hangs her cocoon containing hundreds of eggs in her web. The baby Black Widow Spiders leave soon after they hatch but the web remains. Black Widow Spiders also use their webs to ensnare their prey which is insects of all types.

One reason the Black Widow Spiders bite is so feared is because scientists say that the venom of the Black Widow Spider is 15 times more powerful than the rattlesnake.