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Black widow spiders (Latrodectus mactans) are found throughout the United States.
Female black widows are long-legged, shiny, coal-black spiders with an orange,
red, or yellow hourglass shape on their underside. Female black widows are
usually about 1.5 in. (3.8 cm)
across but may be smaller.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine