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  • OT My wife had me kill it.

    There I was having a great David Attenborough moment, and it had to come to an end. Like, can't we keep her as a pet ? Pickle jar ? terrarium? no?

    Gary


    Appearance is Everything...

  • #2
    You made her into a "good" spider.

    Ken

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    • #3
      That looks like one of our Red Back spiders in Australia - not one of the "nice" ones.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_back_spider

      We have always had them here and there are some nests in dark hidden corners. We had them in the "night soil" (ie "weekly can/pan") service outside toilet - we had to be very careful day and night not to disturb or upset those spiders. We since long ago upgraded to septic and then mains sewer - but we've still got the spiders.

      My wife even had them in the clothes (external drying) line but she's a country girl who can handle them. She was just careful when hanging out and bringing in the clothes.

      I think the OP's wife was right to kill that and any similar spiders.

      We have quite a range of spiders here - most but not all of which won't bite - but they knock of some insects and the birds knock off the spiders and occassionally some of the territorial birds knock off each other.

      It must be quite lively in some of the darker spots here at night.

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      • #4
        In the USA they are called Black Widows, known for the red "hour glass" on their backs. Same spider just called something else "down under".

        Ken

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        • #5
          We have many spiders in the house. They eat all the other bugs. Some even live under the couch. If they come out, we just shoo them back. If they get pestiverous, they get put outside.

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          • #6
            .357 or 12 guage?
            Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lakeside53
              We have many spiders in the house. They eat all the other bugs. Some even live under the couch. If they come out, we just shoo them back. If they get pestiverous, they get put outside.

              In our area (Pacific Northwet) we have two kinds of roaming spiders - giant house spiders, and hobo spiders. The giant house spiders get a free pass from me for the reasons you said but I kill the hobos. Both bite, but the hobo bite will and has caused necrosis. I have a 3/4" patch on my leg that took years to heal after a hobo went up my pant leg. My wife is spider intolerant and has me kill anything with eight legs, good or bad

              I've seen only one black widow spider in Washington state and that was in Moses Lake. It had just captured a cricket in a field where I was pheasant hunting. I opted not to sleep under the stars that night

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              • #8
                It does appear to be a Black Widow, except for that white and black dot in the hourglass. That has me puzzled.

                Pops

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by customcutter
                  In the USA they are called Black Widows, known for the red "hour glass" on their backs. Same spider just called something else "down under".

                  Ken
                  All the female black widow spiders I have ever seen had the telltale red hourglass marking on it's belly, not it's back.
                  Ya have to tickle their tummy with your little finger so they roll over.
                  The OP's pic looks like it's a belly shot as well.

                  This from Texas A&M

                  The red is usually an hourglass-shaped mark on the underside (venter) of the abdomen...........
                  Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                  Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                  Location: British Columbia

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                  • #10
                    Sure! Now you tell me! She eats fireants, boll weevils and scorpions? Coulda been our national spider!
                    Actually I have been bitten by one. It is VERY painful and is not a short term thing. In my case I felt it and smacked it. A guy next to me said OMG that's a black widow! It was and I went to the track Doc right away. (I was was working as a firefighter at a race track at the time., He said that all he had that might help was Benadryl and it seemed to help.) The initial bite was like a red hot nail driven in, It turned in to a hard area, very painful. I was lucky that it did not get to administer the full dose of venom. It was 6 weeks before the hard spot and pain began to subside.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dp
                      In our area (Pacific Northwet) we have two kinds of roaming spiders - giant house spiders, and hobo spiders. The giant house spiders get a free pass from me for the reasons you said but I kill the hobos. Both bite, but the hobo bite will and has caused necrosis. I have a 3/4" patch on my leg that took years to heal after a hobo went up my pant leg. My wife is spider intolerant and has me kill anything with eight legs, good or bad

                      My wife is the one that lets them run up on her hand so she can put them outside. Not me... spending a bunch of time in Austrailia tuned up my fight-flight responses


                      I should probably take a closer look at the spiders up in my barn - they sure look like Black Widows to me... Pretty sure they are not black house spiders. Second thoughts, I think I'll have the wife id them
                      Last edited by lakeside53; 05-29-2012, 05:37 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Florida is a pretty bad part of the US, as far as wildlife is concerned. Everything wants to kill you, and a lot of stuff that actually can looks a lot like some of the stuff that wants to but can't.

                        I don't trust anything with eight legs. Wolf spiders are cool and get a pass on a good day, but I don't let anything else around. Black widows like my garage, and brown recluse are known to like dressers.

                        Oh, and go out and burn that ball thing in the web. I believe it's an egg basket.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by customcutter
                          In the USA they are called Black Widows, known for the red "hour glass" on their backs. Same spider just called something else "down under".

                          Ken

                          The Black Widow and Red back spiders are related but not the same...

                          An interesting fact about the redback is the male is consumed by the female while mating... In fact the male encourages the behaviour by putting itself into a position that makes it easier for the female to start eating it..
                          Precision takes time.

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                          • #14
                            I've been told that some women are scared of hairy spiders with hairy legs as it reminds them of the hands of some blokes - and the blokes.

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                            • #15
                              One thing about keeping a female Black Widow spider is... note the egg sack. If you just grab her and destroy the egg sack OK... but what if she makes another one in the little terrarium that you can't see? Once they hatch the baby spiders are very tiny. Almost microscopic. They will easily skip out of any air holes or screens on your terrarium. There can be hundreds of babies though usually less than a hundred survive.

                              Some species can produce up to four egg sacks from one mating.

                              I usually stick it all in a jar with a tight lid and dump it out miles from where I live. I also vacuum the entire area where they were found and dump the bag in the trash.

                              -DU-

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