Another handling vid of my L. hesperus, this time in better lighting and with my new camera. Toward the beginning of the video you can see the hourglass. I made this video to show that black widow spiders are not the psychotic killers who bite on contact that they are commonly believed to be. A black widow will only bite if it mistakes you for food (unlikely unless you dangle a finger in their web), or feels threatened. When prodded and given a means of escape, a black widow will run away rather than turn and bite.
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