This is a black widow I caught in north Texas. I keep it as a pet now.
This is a photo I took of a mature male Southern Black Widow spider,April 2009 ,in NE Alabama
Black Widow ontop of a Grasshopper with nest near by. Found two Black Widows with the nest assuming one must be the male and the other the female.
This pretty lady set up camp on my front porch. When I noticed her young were joining her, we relocated her safely.
Young female black widow. She has not yet lost her lighter, more youthful coloring. SO pretty!
Black widow on patio, Broken Arrow, OK. August 2013