The Black Widow


“And here, my prize, the Black Widow. Isn’t she lovely?…And so deadly. Her kiss is fifteen times as poisonous as that of the rattlesnake. You see her venom is highly neurotoxic, which is to say that it attacks the central nervous system causing intense pain, profuse sweating, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness, violent convulsions and, finally…Death. You know what I think I love the most about her is her inborn need to dominate, possess. In fact, immediately after the consummation of her marriage to the smaller and weaker male of the species she kills and eats him…(laugh) oh, she is delicious…And I hope he was!”

Those words are part of Vincent Price’s introduction to “The Black Widow” on Alice Cooper’s 1975 album “Welcome to My Nightmare”.

While I was working on the gray water system this afternoon, I found a black widow where they like to be — in wet, humid areas — like the underside of the cover for the distribution hub for the gray water system. She seemed a little stunned  by her sudden exposure to the sunlight, and allowed me to do several photos of her underside from different angles; but then I got too close and she scampered under some of the mulch. While I was cleaning out the pipes, she ran out on the cover to dry herself after I apparently got her wet. She allowed me to do several macro shots from a top view while she was drying out; therefore, the series gives you a detailed look at Vincent’s prize “The Black Widow”.







25 thoughts on “The Black Widow

      • LOL I’m entitled to have my skin crawl… I do appreciate that snakes eat rats. They should eat more. Some snakes are quite beautiful on the other side of glass, but hiking in West Virginia has turned me off snakes — I saw a water moccasin 10 feet long. It was bigger around than my arm. It was not behind glass. As for a spider, they can be beautiful. They can also be huge and scary and move incredibly fast.

      • We don’t have water moccasins out here, but if I was in WV and came across one, I would photograph it from as many angles and as close as I could get to it. Moccasins are serious snakes, and account for a lot of snakebites in the US every year. Same goes for copperheads, which we don’t have, either. Fortunately, most of the seriously venomous snakes we have in NM have rattles.

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