Black widow? - Latrodectus variolus
Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
May 30, 2008
Size: Over an inch w/ legs
My 8-yr old son spotted this spider when we were camping just outside of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains a few weeks ago. He found her under a log in the afternoon. We saw her again, or one of her friends, later that night walking through camp; she was so shiny we could see her by firelight. My son was so excited, he said, "Oh, look, mom, it's a black widow!" He wants to be an entomologist so this spider was very exciting :) But is it really a black widow? I thought they have an hourglass on their underside. Thanks!