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Post  batjac Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:02 pm

No, not the engine.  I just returned from Walmart after getting some cheese and Saltines to go with the chili I've got in the pot, and as I got out of my car I saw a Black Widow carrying an egg sack, spinning a web next to the garage door.  I haven't seen a Black Widow spider in decades.  I guess I'll have to get used to them down here.  Anyway, I called my wife over so she could see it.  She asked if I wanted her to swat it with her broom, but I told her I'd get it.   So I grabbed a book that is in the corner on top of the Goodwill pile and got it with that.

So, I got a Black Widow today.

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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:34 pm

Compliments of Levent Mark.

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While shoveling snow off the front steps of our Maryland home I moved a plant pot and under it was a Black Widow, beautiful against the snow and alive as the day it was born. I put it in a glass jar and brought it to work, a learning experience for my friends.

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Post  Admin Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:39 pm

I just got a Black Widow! Spider10

Woah. We don't have black widow spiders up here, although you hear of someone finding one every once in awhile that hitchhiked up in a truck or in someone's luggage. Brown recluse spiders show up more often, although still rare.

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Post  balogh Fri Jul 29, 2022 4:38 pm

Poor spiders are the damnedest creatures with their ugly look...what may have driven Nature's hands in evolving an insect so obnoxious?

The only animal that indeed gives me a goosebump by its sheer looks, no matter big or small..
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:16 pm

balogh wrote:Poor spiders are the damnedest creatures with their ugly look...what may have driven Nature's hands in evolving an insect so obnoxious?

The only animal that indeed gives me a goosebump by its sheer looks, no matter big or small..

Smile Smile

I take the opposite view Andras.

Mom always told me "Never kill a spider in the house."  Never understood that until I learned much later that they are predators preying on other insects and their eggs.  I have been known to pick them up with a tissue and usher them out of the house.  

Occasionally I find one of these in the basement.

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Wolf spider, ugly but harmless.  They can slide under doors quite easily.  

West Virginia has very few insects compared to Florida where living with scorpians was a daily occurence.
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Post  balogh Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:23 pm

I do not hate nor kill them Bob - in fact I do not kill any animal except mosqitoes when they feed on my blood - , just instinctively withdraw when encountering them...
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:31 pm

balogh wrote:I do not hate nor kill them Bob - in fact I do not kill any animal  except mosqitoes when they feed on my blood - , just instinctively withdraw when encountering them...

Smile Smile

Many scorpians have met their maker under my shoe Andras, One never got me but I knew those that had. Not a pleasent experience. When we moved to Maryland, unpacking the TV we found one inside. Well passed.
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