I REALLY hate spiders. Especially ones that look like this.
According to Wikipedia, Latrodectus is a genus of spider, in the family Theridiidae, which contains 32 recognized species. The common name, widow spiders, is sometimes applied to members of the genus due to a behavior seen in some species in which the female eats the male after mating. The female black widow has unusually large venom glands and its bite is particularly harmful to humans; however, Latrodectus bites rarely kill humans if proper medical treatment is provided.
O.K. so the Latrodectus can really pack a punch. It doesn't comfort me to know that we were REALLY close to that wicked looking thing and had we come into contact, it could have been fatal. I have had one too many encounters with spiders. Thankfully, we missed each other... this time.