Nancy, this one’s for you . . .
This post is dedicated to my sister Nancy because of her sizable fear of all things bugs, especially spiders. I think she picked up this fear the day my older brother pelted her with June bugs. Kids, eh?
A few days ago I was outside the RV after dark draining our holding tanks, and I noticed this particularly menacing spider near our RV drain hose.
Took a closer look and sure enough . . . red hourglass marking on this guy . . . a Black Widow !!!
Also saw the body of the much smaller male Black Widow in the web . . . and what appeared to be some very small cigarettes.
That’s right . . . they had sex, smoked a couple of cigs, and she killed him. Oh, the humanity.
Anyway, we’re on full spider alert now. But, really, we’ve been here several months and we just noticed the Black Widows — neither Jan nor I have been bitten — up to now.
Today, I turned over an RV sewer cap with my foot and there was another one . . .
Whoa.. that’s the real thing. Tim has seen some in his area too. You have to respect them, and ask permission to photograph them. If you surprise them, you must apologize to them.. You know what happens if you don’t.. Uh OH.
Also, they can jump 3 meters — and
they go right for your eyes (click here on this link)!
ouch and I can’t see
they really are beautiful looking….sleek! Have seen them up close…..no bites tho. At first I didn’t think the markings would be that pronounced….but she really is telling you who she is quite clearly. They have messy, disorganized looking webs….she must just depend on her beauty to get what she wants! Also have noticed that it must be the time for spiders to want to come into my house….have seen quite a few…..most dead now.
Also have noticed that it must be the time for spiders to want to come into my house….have seen quite a few…..
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