Everybody knows what a black widow spider looks like, the shiny black body with a globular abdomen. It has prominent red markings usually in the shape of an hourglass.
What is even worse is its venom, which can be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake bite.
Female spiders can live up to three years and yet, the male will usually live for one or two months. The black widow gets its name from its murderous courtship ritual. Soon after mating with the male, the female will kill the male and then devour it.
Black widows are considered highly poisonous; thankfully, most victims do not suffer serious damage. Only occasionally is the bite of the black widow fatal, specifically with small children, the elderly, or the physically infirm who are at the highest risk. If bitten, one should seek emergency medical attention immediately.
This poster is 17 inches wide by 22 inches high, generous black ink lushly printed on parchment stock.