Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Black Widow in the Barbecue

It's almost a ritual: The removal of the black widow. It occurs every year just prior to the lighting of the first barbecue of the season.

This one was guarding her brood in this neat little egg sack.


  1. Yikes, Did you kill the spider and the egg sack or let it go free? (I would kill the spider and burn that egg sack for good measure)I live in Missouri which has the largest population of Brown Recluse spiders in the nation! If it's a friendly garden spider keeping my tomatoes safe I'll let them live, but that's it!

  2. Yeah, we love bugs here but these are too dangerous to have around with kids. They won't kill a healthy person but they'll make you ill for several days with a lot of pain and fever, delirium, etc.

    This one was squished and it's egg sack too. I do feel bad about it though. They are amazing creatures. The web of these spiders is probably 2 or 3 times stronger than any other I have felt, and they just look so cool.


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