Identification:It is the female that has the famous shiny black bulbous body, with a bright red or orange hour glass shape on the abdomen. It is the iconic hour glass shape that makes this particular spider easy to identify.
Black widows are also different in the way of their webs. Black widows do not construct "beautiful" intricate webs like many other spiders. Instead their webs look like a tangled jumbled mess and irregular in shape.