A known predator is the mud-dauber wasp (Desert USA Magazine, 2004). The black widow spider spins a web which acts as a defense mechanism against predators. When a possible predator comes in contact with the web, it becomes entangled in the threads allowing the spider to wrap more silk around it and then inject it with its poison. Also, the female spider hangs upside down in her web so that her red hourglass mark serves as a warning signal to a predator (Farrand, 1988).
- mud-dauber wasps (Chalybion californicum)
Anti-predator Adaptations: aposematic
- Farrand, J. 1988. Familiar Insects and Spiders. New York: Chanticleer Press.