Answer to the Monday Mystery: the infamous redback spider

Yesterday’s red smear looked to me like a lava field on some distant planet. Zoom out, though, and we see this:

Latrodectus hasselti

The redback spider is an Australian equivalent of our Northern hemisphere black widow. Both are in the widow genus, Latrodectus, and both build low, tangled webs near the ground. I could blather on about this fascinating spider, but I suspect you’d rather hear David Attenborough:

Anyway. 10 points go to Morgan Jackson for being the first to guess the species.

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