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Old 25th of September 2006 (Mon)   #1
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Default Black Widow or Look a Like?

Found this in the garage when I was taking some chairs and tables back to the rightful owner. I figured I would get rid of this critter before I took everything back. I think I remember from earlier in life that there is a spider that looks like a Black Widow, that's what I think this is. Does anyone know what kind of spider this is?






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Old 25th of September 2006 (Mon)   #2
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I believe that's a black widow because of the hour glass on it! I may be wrong of course but that's all I know!!!

I'm sure there are many hundreds of species that look close to it so who knows
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Old 25th of September 2006 (Mon)   #3
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looks like the Australian Redback variety. Definately a black widow of some kind.
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looks like the Australian Redback variety. Definately a black widow of some kind.
So what's an Australian spider doing in the U.S.?

Long swim for sure......
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Old 26th of September 2006 (Tue)   #5
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Yeah, I saw the hourglass. That's what made me notice it at first. But there are markings all the way around from the back to the belly. Whatever it was it posed calmly for quite a while, then rode on a little stick across the road to an empty lot.
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Old 26th of September 2006 (Tue)   #6
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yep, thats a black widow, looks like she has double hour glass red marks.......mean looking girl.......
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Old 26th of September 2006 (Tue)   #7
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nope not the ozzie redback variety, they don't have an hourglass, more a stripe I think.

eeewwww!
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It's a black widow and I'd definitely be checking the garage over very well...shudder...
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Old 26th of September 2006 (Tue)   #9
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not an imitator, cool picture.
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Old 26th of September 2006 (Tue)   #10
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Sure looks like a Black widow....

now the true question,
Is it a female or a male?
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female, The male Black Widow is usually brown and is about half the size of the female.

"Adult male Black Widows wander in search of females but do not feed or bite."
http://www.poisoncenter.org/black_widow.htm
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Interesting info on that page winkie, thanks.

Despite the photo ops, I'm glad we don't have those where I live...
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YES what is an Australian varaity of the black widow doing in your neck of the woods very good question for sure... PS Redbacks also have hourglasses.
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Old 27th of September 2006 (Wed)   #14
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Lovely looking spider!!
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In this area the widows have only one hourglass. I usually find the web before the spider. They make a very disorganised web but incredibly strong silk. If I see the web and feel how strong it is, I know there is a black widow nearby. They are shy and not aggressive.
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