Northern Black Widow spider

Northern Black Widow spider

5964   2.5 inches long looks like black widow hybrid. John.  Kelowna, BC.

This appears to be a northern black widow spider, Latrodectus variolus. These often have a median red stripe or series of red dots on the dorsum of their abdomen in addition to the ‘hourglass’ on the ventral aspect – see http://tinyurl.com/k3doxlu.   Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.