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We had a close encounter with a Black Widow spider today


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#1 leia

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:32 AM

Actually yesterday since it's now 12:27 a.m.

I had never seen one closeup - or even from far away - and had no idea the red hourglass shape is so pronounced.

By close encounter I mean each of us had our hand within six inches of it before we knew it was there.

I took a photo of it but I couldn't get the hourglass to show up clearly in the picture.

It looked exactly like this one:

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#2 Grump

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:35 AM

You're both very fortunate it was not a brown recluse.

Seriously.

I'm actually surprised you found a BWS outdoors and in daylight.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:36 AM

I used to catch them in jars, when i was about 9 years old, where we lived in Vernon Canada, they were all over the place. I don't even think I knew they were poisonous at that time, but naturally protected myself from it, they are really pretty, but deadly.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:39 AM

View PostGrump, on 24 June 2012 - 02:35 AM, said:

brown recluse.

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Non red alarm lable....just a yucky brown spider,

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:43 AM

The spider I would never wanna run into is the camel spider, from the middle east.


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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:45 AM

View PostGrump, on 24 June 2012 - 02:35 AM, said:

You're both very fortunate it was not a brown recluse.

Seriously.

I'm actually surprised you found a BWS outdoors and in daylight.

I'm fairly certain I was bitten by a brown recluse back in the Midwest several years ago.

I put my hand into a box of Christmas decorations and within about an hour my hand started to blister and then swell up. I went to an immediate care center the next morning and they said it looked like a brown recluse spider bite and prescribed Keflex.

Re: day or night - I didn't know they had a preference. It was lurking in the indentation on a cast-iron type outdoor chair. Actually, I wasn't even certain there were any around here but now I know!

Shewolfe, I agree - they are really attractive as far as spiders go and I felt kind of bad killing it - or having Yeasty kill it - but since it had taken up residence in a chair with cushions and since are dog is always outside it went to the great web in the sky.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:46 AM

View PostShewolfe, on 24 June 2012 - 02:43 AM, said:

The spider I would never wanna run into is the camel spider, from the middle east.


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Are they venomous?
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:47 AM

View PostShewolfe, on 24 June 2012 - 02:43 AM, said:

The spider I would never wanna run into is the camel spider, from the middle east.


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Yeah.

NO joke.

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:48 AM

View Postleia, on 24 June 2012 - 02:46 AM, said:

View PostShewolfe, on 24 June 2012 - 02:43 AM, said:

The spider I would never wanna run into is the camel spider, from the middle east.


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:twitchy:

Are they venomous?


Nah, apparently they don't really hurt ya. They say the bite hurts though.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:48 AM

http://skunksoup.com...t-picture-video

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:50 AM

View Postleia, on 24 June 2012 - 02:48 AM, said:



Yeah, I know, right? lol
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:50 AM

Just in case anyone missed the actual SIZE.....


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They're HUGE....

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:51 AM

I read somewhere they they run at ya at tremendous high speeds, on their freaking hind legs, hissing.
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:52 AM

Oh my God.

If that isn't the stuff of nightmares I don't know what is!
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:53 AM

View PostShewolfe, on 24 June 2012 - 02:51 AM, said:

I read somewhere they they run at ya at tremendous high speeds, on their freaking hind legs, hissing.


.... and on that note, I am off to go have nightmares.

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