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Old 03-29-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Moving firewood and stones I discovered TONS of bugs and a snake on my North Alabama residence. I found one very interesting, a black spider with a red strip down it's back. Same body as a Black Widow. The stripe was orangish-red and the tip-top section of the stripe was detached from the longer bottom portion of stripe. Anyone else in SE USA see these?
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yes, sadly, my grandfather did, just shortly before he died.
just kidding.

was it anything like this?

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Similar. It was very small and I squished it rather quickly. The pick I attached is spot on (stripe on) with what I saw. A gap in the line at the top and has the ability to make your skin crawl by looking at it
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looks like a black widow. As I researched this, there are apparently some with red on their back as well as the hourglass shape in the underside of the abdomen.


btw; the spider I posted is a redback spider from Australia which is apparently a fairly close relative to our black widow.

there are apparently 3 species in the US that are considered to be black widow

http://exequy.wordpress.com/2010/11/...-widow-spider/

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Currently, there are three recognized species of black widow found in North America: The southern black widow (L. mactans), the northern black widow (L. variolus), and the western black widow (L. hesperus). As the name indicates, the southern widow is primarily found (and is indigenous to) the southeastern United States, ranging from Florida to New York, and west to Texas, Oklahoma, and they run particularly rampant in parts of Arizona. The northern widow is found primarily in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada (only on the Bruce Peninsula), though its ranges overlap that of L. mactans quite a bit. The western widow is found in the western half of the United States, as well as in southwestern Canada and much of Mexico.

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well dang nap... I always thought the only poisonous spider we had up here our way was the brown recluse!

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well dang nap... I always thought the only poisonous spider we had up here our way was the brown recluse!

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http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7...6489--,00.html

now, the DNR does claim that the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in Michigan. Not sure I believe that one.

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Strangely enough I can't say I've seen a brown recluse, but I have seen widows with abdomens as big as my thumb nail.
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What's so strange about that? They ARE called a RECLUSE!
I've never seen one either!.... and hope I never do!

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***STOMP***

spoke too soon.....

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Wow that spider needs to be put on a weight loss program!
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Wow that spider needs to be put on a weight loss program!
"Is YOUR spider too fat? That's right folks, you too can have the spider of your dreams using the 45 second microwave diet! Simply put your spider in a microwave-safe bowl and set the timer for 45 seconds to see amazing weight loss results!" (not responsible for dehydrated corpses or exploding spider bodies.
We DO, however, guarantee they will make NO MORE WEBS!!!, EVER!!!!)
(this should make squirrels everywhere quite happy.)

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"Is YOUR spider too fat? That's right folks, you too can have the spider of your dreams using the 45 second microwave diet! Simply put your spider in a microwave-safe bowl and set the timer for 45 seconds to see amazing weight loss results!" (not responsible for dehydrated corpses or exploding spider bodies.
We DO, however, guarantee they will make NO MORE WEBS!!!, EVER!!!!)
(this should make squirrels everywhere quite happy.)

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Wow!! You better hope this doesn't get forwarded to PETA... Haha.

When I was a little girl my Mom read us a book called 'Be Nice to Spiders'. So I'm even nice to the black widows.

We also have big 'uns in Maryland. But I think they're pretty.
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We also have big 'uns in Maryland. But I think they're pretty.
I don't think I have ever heard a person say that after they have been bitten though.
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I don't think I have ever heard a person say that after they have been bitten though.
You're probably right....
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Don't like spiders. They serve a purpose, but it is best be served far from me. I have a 2.5 year old daughter who I don't ever want to see bitten by my over populous black widows (with red stripes).
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