Dark brown - Latrodectus geometricus
Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
I collected this female along the doorframe of my sister's house in the fall of '05. It was a very light-colored sub-adult female with a beautiful pattern. After she molted and dried out, her pattern had gone with the molted skin. Of course, this is typical with individuals of this genus. Female brown widows vary in pattern and shades of color. Some females retain their markings as adults and vary in the shades of brown. This individual is obviously one of the darker specimens. I haven't introduced a male to her. An unfertilized female is much easier to maintain for obvious reasons. Also, I believe that this results in a longer life span for the female.
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