…except perhaps if you’re arachnophobic!
The Indian River Reptile Zoo tweeted out this pic of a Northern black widow spider (Latrodectus variolus) apparently found in a Peterborough garden. They assure us there’s no need to panic.
So does the University of Michigan, which states on its website:
Surprisingly, as common as this spider is, black widow bites are infrequent because the spider is actually very timid and prefers fleeing when disturbed. That’s a good thing because the venom of a widow spider is 15 times more toxic than that of rattlesnakes. However, due to the small amount of the venom injected into the bite, widow bites are far less serious.