Are Male Black Widows Poisonous

Are Male Black Widows Poisonous ?

Out of the total 35,000 different types of spiders known to us, the black widow spider in one of them. This spider usually lives in dark places, like attics, garages, closets or woodpiles and considered dangerous only when it is disturbed or attacked. The spider is usually nocturnal and weaves its web close to the ground level. It lives solitary lives except during the time of mating. Strangely, the male as well as the female is regarded as poisonous by people. Just the name black widow sends shudders down a person's back. However, typically, male black widows are not considered poisonous.



Female adult species is regarded as dangerous compared to the males or juveniles. Their bite in humans is not fatal since the quantity of poison injected is insufficient to cause death.

The spider is black and shiny in color with a rounded tail segment. The total length including its legs measures from half inch to an inch. The skin on the under-belly will have red or orange colored markings in the shape of hourglass. The female species is easily identifiable since they hang up side down in their webs making their red markings amply visible. The female species often eats the male after completion of mating.

Avoid contact with these spiders by keeping the surrounding areas clean and free from webs. The area should be free of insects like roaches or crickets which the spiders feed on. In order to clean or work in the areas which are suspected to be inhabited by these spiders, one can be cautious to work only with the gloves on. The spraying of insecticides is usually ineffective on these spiders. One should avoid their use especially if they have pets or small children in the house.

The female lays eggs which will be wrapped in a cocoon. This will be suspended in the web and the young ones will disperse no sooner the eggs hatch. The web is mainly used to catch their preys which include mosquitoes, flies, beetles, caterpillars and grasshoppers. Once the prey is trapped, the spider uses the bristles on their back legs to spin a silken net around them. The prey will first be punctured by the fangs of the spider and an enzyme which will assist in its digestion will be injected using fangs. The body of the prey will be liquefied by this enzyme and the spider will suck this resulting fluid leaving behind the corpse.

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