As with many venomous animals, brightly colored markings serve as a warning to predators. Females like Elvira purposely hang upside down so their hourglass marking is visible—it is used as a warning to others: keep away!
If you love Elvira from afar, you can adopt her to keep her healthy and happy with lots of flies and other insects!
Adopt Our Black Widow!
Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s Adopt an Animal program lets you symbolically adopt your favorite species and at the same time support our important work of connecting people with wildlife to inspire respect and responsibility for the world we share.