Spiders Found in New Mexico

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Two common spiders found in New Mexico are the Western black widow, identified by the red hourglass on the female's back, and the brown recluse, which has yellow-orange coloring and gray-colored legs. Learn about spiders found in New Mexico with helpful facts from an entomology student in this free video on arachnids.

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Video Transcript

Hello my name is Lauren Saldana, I'm an entomology major over at FSU and I specialize in arachnids. So today we're going to be talking about how to identify the spiders of New Mexico, and the first one that we'll be talking about is the Western Black Widow, which is obviously black. The males are elongated and the females are more of a spherical shape to them, and on the males they actually have a bit of white on them whereas the females have a red hourglass shape on their bottom. The next one that we'll be talking about is the Brown Recluse which is a very common spider to see in the US, and their colors are an orange-yellow with a dark violin shape pattern running across their body, and at the bases of their legs they have an orange-yellow color and about the knee joint it goes to about a grayish-brown color. And that's it for New Mexico.


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