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Calamity Jane - Latrodectus mactans

Calamity Jane - Latrodectus mactans
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
May 20, 2007
Size: 5/8"
Black Widow.

Was on the underside of the pool ladder. The ladder had been sitting on the ground until I could get the pool open this weekend. I lifted the ladder and there were some leaves on it and I was clearing those off. I think there were two under there because just before I saw this one I thought sure I saw another one and knocked it off with the leaves. I might be mistaken but I wouldn't think that two would be in such close proximity but there are two egg sacks so I don't know.

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Calamity Jane - Latrodectus mactans Calamity Jane - Latrodectus mactans

Moved from True Spiders.

L. mactans.

What do you think about the t
What do you think about the two egg sacks and two widows in such close proximity (see original comments above) ?

two egg sacs belong two the female in image. Where prey is abundant, females may produce even more egg sacs, as they have the ability to store sperm.
It is not uncommon for some widow species to be in close proximity to each other.

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