Northern Black Widows
I live in Fairbanks, Alaska and came across a spider that
I've never seen before. It is about 1.5 cm around, dark brown in color,
and has an "hour glass" on the underside of it.
I've never seen a black widow except in pictures, but was wondering if
this is a relative of one or if the coloring of "black" is a loosely
I have a few cats and they keep coming back with fat lips and injuries to
the mouth. I think I found the reason why, but I want to know if these
things are a threat to children or adults.
There is a "northern widow" that is native across much of N.A. into British
Columbia, the hour-glass pattern is "broken," it doesn't seem it would be
found as far north as Fairbanks, and the book I have doesn't say much about
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Update: June 2012