Black Widow Spider

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Black Widow Spider

Latrodectus hesperus


The black widow spider is a female, and she was donated to CuriOdyssey by a licensed collector.

Fun Facts

Females can mate once and store the sperm, continuing to lay eggs without ever having to mate again.

Diet in the Wild

Insects and other invertebrates.

Diet at the Museum


Life Span

In the Wild: 1-3 years
In Captivity: Up to 3-4 years


They will build their webs on the underside of ledges, rocks, and plants. In colder climates, they can be found in buildings.

Geographic Range

Found all across the United States, mostly in warmer regions of the western US, and can be found in all 4 US deserts.

Conservation Status

Very common, no special status.