- From Latin latro ("brigand") + dectus, Latinized form of Greek δηκτός ("biting"). (Wiktionary)
“Latrodectus hesperus, the Western black widow, is, like all widow spiders of the Latrodectus genus, very shy.”
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“Latrodectus hesperus - male western black widow spider.”
“Latrodectus hasselti, read the card: Red-back spider.”
“If people understood generally that this rather ornamental insect is both more perilous to life and health, and rather more prone to attack human beings, than the superstitiously dreaded "deadly" copperhead, there would probably be a heavy mortality in the Latrodectus family at the hands of energetic house-cleaners.”
“It may be that only under certain uncomprehended conditions is the venom of the Latrodectus effective.”
“Recoveries from Latrodectus bite are much more common, in the records, than deaths.”
“In the case of the North American black widow, Latrodectus hesperus, the Arizona experiments reveal that male black widows can detect telltale chemical signals on the webs of females.”
“The work was done using the Australian redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti), a member of the black widow family.”
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