Southern Black Widow

Latrodectus mactans

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Latrodectus mactans, known as southern black widow or simply black widow, and the shoe-button spider, is a highly venomous species of spider in the genus Latrodectus. The females are well known for their distinctive black and red coloring and for the fact that they will occasionally eat their mate after reproduction. The species is native to North America. The venom is seldom fatal to healthy humans.

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