The mother is deadly and the father is quite nonchalant about life so what can we expect from a baby black widow. Here is the thing that people forget when seeing a baby black widow: baby or not it is still a black widow. It is created to either bite you if it is female and feels threatened or to run and hide if it is a male. This is not the creature that you go googoogaagaa over.
Black widow spiders even the babies can be dangerous to young children and the elderly especially because their venom can cause you to have a severe allergic reaction. The good news is that their venom is not going to kill you but it can be quite uncomfortable to say the least.
Baby black widows
The baby black widows are known as spiderlings and when they first come out they are white and orange. As they grow into their young age they resemble the typical male black widowspider. This means that they look brown more than they look black. But as they grow older the female black widow will turn black and get the distinct red marking on their back. The black widow spiderlings consume the weaker spiderlings from their brood to get the nutrients they need to grow up.
Depending on the breed of the baby black widow spider you will see different markings. The southern black widow has a shiny black exoskeleton with a distinct red mark with an hour glass shape on it. The Northern black widow spider is a bit more interesting to distinguish. It also has the shiny black exoskeleton but the markings are a row of red spots running down the upper surface of the abdomen. In some cases the markings are not red but yellow or white. Some species even have red legs or brown legs.
When they grow up they enjoy all the notoriety that adult black widow spiders share. The black widow spider is medium sized in adulthood measuring about half an inch in length. They love to hide in the corners and crevices of the house and when they bite you their venom immediately begins to attack the nervous system. As a result you may see people jerking their heads, experience stiffening of the muscles, have tremors and weakness in the limbs, and some even experience temporary paralysis. These bites can be fatal in children and elderly people.
If one is having a mild reaction it is best to wash the bite site with warm water and soap to remove the venom and stop its effects. Apply calamine lotion to soothe the area and some hydrocortisone cream to stop the inflammation. You can take an OTC pain reliever like Ibuprofen to help mitigate the pain.