my youngest son found one in the backyard today when he turned over a log. It was about 3/4in, super shiney and had a unique red spot ontop and on the underside of it's butt. I've never seen one with the red split before. That is only the second one i've seen in my life. Glad my son was scared and came and told us. Needless to say i dispatched it quickly and turned over every log in the area and found no more black widows. I heard on the news a few weeks back that they are very prevalent this year. Keep yer eyes peeled and gloves on if yer working outdoors.