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Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - female

Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - Female
Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
June 4, 2017
This spider was clumsily walking on an exterior wall. Missing one of its legs. I believe it had recently molted.
Coordinaes: 31.335387, -110.937935

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Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - female Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - female Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - female Female Western Black Widow? - Latrodectus hesperus - female

Moved
Moved from Widow Spiders.

 
Thank you Jeff!
I mistakenly thought that this spider had just molted. Later, I discovered that in fact she was getting ready to molt when I took the photos. Three days after molting, she had become jet black, but I did not take additional photos before releasing it.

Moved
Moved from Spiders.

Probably ...
... Species Latrodectus geometricus - the Brown Widow, a variable colored species; see here: (1). I have seen many female Western Black Widow Spiders, and they have all been coal black in color; see here for a female that I photographed a while back: (2). But lets see what an expert has to say.

 
Cool!
Thank you for your help.

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