Latrodectus Widow spider
Lassen Co., Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

This immature widow spider has built her web across a harvester ant nest entrance where she can easily catch incoming and outgoing worker ants.

USA, CA, Lassen Co.: Hallelujah Junction.
18.vii.2004, 39º46'N 120º04'W, 1470m
Great Basin Desert.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.