Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)

Shelob's Lair
Across the width and height of the tunnel a vast web was spun, 
orderly as the web of some huge spider, but denser-woven and far greater, 
and each thread was thick as rope.

    Sam laughed grimly. 'Cobwebs!' he said. 'Is that all? Cobwebs! 
But what a spider! have at 'em! Down with 'em!'

    In a fury he hewed at them with his sword, but the thread that he struck did not break.
It gave a little and then sprang back like a plucked bowstring,
turning the blade and tossing up both sword and arm.
--The Two Towers by J.R. Tolkien

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