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Black Widow or Look a Like?

 
mhstauss
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Sep 25, 2006 23:42 |  #1

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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Sep 25, 2006 23:48 |  #2

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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Sep 25, 2006 23:51 |  #3

looks like the Australian Redback variety. Definately a black widow of some kind.




  
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Sep 25, 2006 23:54 |  #4

Kraig C wrote in post #2038211 (external link)
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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Sep 26, 2006 00:00 |  #5

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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Sep 26, 2006 00:15 as a reply to  @ mhstauss's post |  #6

yep, thats a black widow, looks like she has double hour glass red marks.......mean looking girl.......




  
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Sep 26, 2006 00:27 |  #7

nope not the ozzie redback variety, they don't have an hourglass, more a stripe I think.

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Sep 26, 2006 00:36 as a reply to  @ MHP's post |  #8

It's a black widow and I'd definitely be checking the garage over very well...shudder...


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Sep 26, 2006 00:45 |  #9

not an imitator, cool picture.




  
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Sep 26, 2006 01:07 |  #10

Sure looks like a Black widow....

now the true question,
Is it a female or a male?




  
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Sep 26, 2006 02:10 |  #11

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.poisoncente​r.org/black_widow.htm (external link)


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Sep 26, 2006 10:23 as a reply to  @ winkie's post |  #12

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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Sep 27, 2006 00:22 |  #13

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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Sep 27, 2006 04:12 as a reply to  @ Kraig C's post |  #14

Lovely looking spider!!


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Sep 27, 2006 11:45 |  #15

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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