Attention Trail Runners--Black Widow Danger!

Large Black Widow

There has been a resurgence of western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus) in our local mountains. Although varying greatly in size, she is very easy to spot-- The female is black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly. As her name implies, she has a habit of causing the demise of her male partner after she has no more use for him. It is best to avoid contact with this species if seen on the trails. Common symptoms of black widow infection include swollen knees, tendonitis, and utter exhaustion. Look for her as depicted in this image, and beware: