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Red Widow - Latrodectus bishopi - female

Red Widow - Latrodectus bishopi - Female
Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida, USA
July 29, 2005
Size: Adult
Adult females of this sp. specialize in capturing flying insects. The webs are generally located 3' to 10' above the ground, (spiderlings and immatures build their webs close to the ground) and the main area of the web can extend up to 4' from the females retreat. (that is the longest I have seen)
It is basically a cobweb sheet with a large number of snare lines extending upwards. Their prey flies into these snares, and usually falls to the sheet. The widow then rushes out to make the capture.

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Red Widow - Latrodectus bishopi - female Red Widow - Latrodectus bishopi - female Red Widow - Latrodectus bishopi - female

Interesting
Jeff, I love your work. This set of photos just caught my eye. I love the red legs and body. You information about these spiders adds greatly. Thanks and keep it up.

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