BrownBlack Widow Saturday Revisited

Black Widow Top

For whatever reason, the black widow population in our neighborhood has skyrocketed this year.

They are relatively non-aggressive and harmless when left alone, but they are a nuisance and can be a hazard.

One of the toddlers around the corner got bitten earlier in the summer. 2 days of all over muscle cramping followed by 2 weeks of flu like symptoms. The spider had taken up residence in the stroller and didn’t like being sat upon.

An accident, assuredly. While black & brown widow are voracious consumers of pest bugs, I would much rather have some other species of spiders around.

This particular critter had taken up resident in an antique toy truck that had been rusting in the yard for a while.

Beautiful creature. I hadn’t seen a black widow with such distinct markings on its back. That’s because it isn’t a black widow, but a brown widow (thanks, Mark!!). If there were any doubt that it is a widow, the picture of the spider’s belly below will lay that question to rest.


Black Widow Underside

I do hate to kill anything, but this one met The Big Squish in the middle of the street.



2 Responses to “BrownBlack Widow Saturday Revisited”

  1. Mark Bessey says:

    Hi, Bill.

    That looks more like a Brown Widow, particularly the markings on the back. A lot of the Widow spiders have them when they’re young, I think. Either way, they’re a hazard, especially to small children.

    The last one I saw was a little shy:
    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/mbessey/2877025549/in/set-72157604141564754/

  2. annbb says:

    Are brown widow’s poisonous? Googling now.

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