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Huge Black Widow Spider

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Published on Jun 15, 2009

Here are some close-up photos of the spider and a couple that give a better idea of its size: http://timelapseblog.com/black-widow-...

And if you can't sleep after this video, why not watch some peaceful sea horses?
http://youtu.be/fpCQKTJCjSA

This black widow lived outside my front door in central California. I caught it in a jar, took some pictures, and released it by the railroad tracks. They usually don't kill full grown adults but cause a lot of pain. I think the U.S. death rate from spiders is about six a year. Here's a video of an awesome macrophotographer handling a smaller but similar spider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4OftW...

The black widow family includes a number of different species throughout the world, such as the Australian red back.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redback_...

The spider in this video is a western black widow, which is found in the western U.S. The marking is slightly different than the red back and located on the underside of its abdomen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodec...

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