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mr fixit
September 01, 2006, 21:02
Caught this today under my fuel tank. Obiously it is a Black Widow. Ive never seen one with the markings on the top of the body like this. Does this mean anything?


Photo of bottom:
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b240/mr-fixit/000_0212.jpg

Photo of top/back
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b240/mr-fixit/000_0214.jpg

GW870
September 02, 2006, 09:58
I don't know that it has any special signifiance. I used to keep several
specimens of Black Widows and Brown Recluses in the lab for teaching
purposes. Some of the 'widows' had the dorsal red dots in addition to
the ventral hourglass - some of them didn't.

Just the way girls are, I guess. Some are prettier than others.

GW


(nice specimen, btw.)

DYNOMIKE
September 02, 2006, 11:16
Originally posted by GW870
I don't know that it has any special signifiance. I used to keep several
specimens of Black Widows and Brown Recluses in the lab for teaching
purposes. Some of the 'widows' had the dorsal red dots in addition to
the ventral hourglass - some of them didn't.

Just the way girls are, I guess. Some are prettier than others.

GW


(nice specimen, btw.)

Nice specimen?:eek:
MAN I just HATE spiders!!
Don't like snakes much either, but as long as I KNOW it can't/won't bite m ethan I am good to go..:D

whirlibird
September 02, 2006, 19:51
Yes, yes it does.





SQUISH! That's what it means.

I hates them critters.

K. Funk
September 03, 2006, 09:02
What iis the geographic range of these critters? I have never seen one, nor do I want to!!

krf

DYNOMIKE
September 03, 2006, 10:29
Originally posted by K. Funk
What iis the geographic range of these critters? I have never seen one, nor do I want to!!

krf

Well it seems mr fixit is in the Great State, and I am in Florida.
I am pretty sure that they live here, and obviously there so we at least know that. Would seem to be a Pretty broad range.

Did I mention I don't like spiders... :eek:

GW870
September 03, 2006, 11:24
Black Widows range pretty much world wide in the warmer climes. If
it's warm enough for bugs, then it suits the spiders.

I always think of widows as 'outdoor' spiders - not to say you'll never
see one in your house. But they usually prefer old barns, outbuildings,
and the like. Trashpiles are a favorite spot.

Recluses, on the other hand, like to be 'indoor' spiders. They just love
the back of a dark closet, especially if you've left a pile of shoes or old
clothes lying on the floor.

I always liked the wolf spiders. Wolfs think recluses are a delicacy.

GW