Characteristics – The Brown Widow is slightly smaller and generally lighter in color than the black widow species; the color can range from tan to dark brown to black, with shades of grey also possible. Like the black widow species in the United States, the Brown Widow has a prominent hourglass-shaped marking on the underside of the abdomen; the brown widow’s hourglass, however, is usually a vivid orange or a yellowish color.
Life Cycle – Brown widows can be located by finding their egg sacs, which are easily identifiable. They resemble a sandspur, having pointed projections all over, and they are sometimes described as “tufted”, “fluffy”, or “spiky” in appearance. Eggs hatch in approximately 20 days. Female brown widows “lay about 120-150 eggs per sac and can make 20 egg sacs over a lifetime.”
Risk to Humans
The Brown Widow has a neurotoxic venom that, drop for drop, is as toxic as the black widow’s. However, brown widow bites are usually not very dangerous; usually much less dangerous than the black widow’s. The effects of the toxin are usually confined to the bite area and surrounding tissue, unlike the black widow’s.
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