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Black Widow - Latrodectus hesperus - female

Black Widow - Latrodectus hesperus - Female
Castroville, Bexar County, Texas, USA
July 20, 2018
The ventral hourglass is divided into two triangles and she has lovely patterning of red outlined in white. I know she was not yet mature as she molted a few weeks later.

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Black Widow - Latrodectus hesperus - female Black Widow — ventral - Latrodectus hesperus - female

Moved
Moved from Widow Spiders.
This is a nicely marked hesperus.

 
Post-molt
Alas, most of those lovely markings disappeared with her latest molt, leaving only the anterior-most outlined stripe, a red point above her spinnerets and, of course, her hourglass. I wonder if she is mature now or has another molt to go?

 
That
stinks. The remaining markings may fade even more over time, unfortunately.
There are variations that retain their juvenile matkings as adults though, with some good examples on these image pages.
The legs look typical of an adult female, but check the epigynum to verify. It should appear hard and shiny, aka sclerotized. There should be some good ventral views here to compare to.

 
Colorful Variations
Thank you for the info! Do you have any idea where I could find such variations of Lateodectus (which keep their colorful patterning into adulthood)?

 
Various
populations throughout AZ, NM, and TX into Mexico tend to be heavily marked as adults. Rest areas along I 10 in AZ and NM had numerous well marked females.
Here is a great example from TX

 
Thank you
Thank you for the ID! =D She is a beauty!

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