Yesterday, three new arrivals came to the SRC – the most ever in one day. The spiders rescued were two western black widows (Latrodectus hesperus), one male and one female, and a brown widow (Latrodectus geometricus). So far, only the male black widow has been named – Aragog, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Today, our female widow molted, giving signs of a healthy spider. This rescue marks two new things for us – our first brown widow and our first male black widow.
Spider Fun Fact – Brown widows are twice as venomous as black widows, but their bite puts off less venom, making black widows more dangerous.