Black Widow

Grade 3W
January, 2000










What has a red spot on its back?


The Black Widow spider lives in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Southern Saskatchewan and Southern United States and the tropics.

Physical Description

The Black Widow spider is shy. They have eight eyes. The male is smaller than the female.

The Young

The female lays eggs. All babies hatch from eggs.


The Black Widow eats ants, bees, bugs, flies, grasshoppers and other spiders. Male Black Widow spiders are smaller than the females.


Some of the Black Widow’s enemies are wasps, other spiders and people.

Other Interesting Facts

There are about 37 000 different species of spiders in the world.