Saturday, June 30, 2007

AWOL Blogger

I have heard your cries, my publics. I have been a bad, bad blogger.

Life's just been busy, that's all.

You haven't missed much.

I did find a black widow in my back yard a few days ago. That's the second one in a little over a year. I didn't get nearly so beside myself with this one. After the first one, I never stopped expecting to see one around every turn, so I had gloves on when I picked up the overturned bucket she was hiding in. And this one was a juvenile one, so it wasn't nearly so big as the HUGE MUTANT one I found last year. Did you know that juvenile ones have their red hourglass on their back, but when they're adults, their red hourglass is on their stomach? They spend their adult life hanging upside down in their webs, so their "warning" signal is up so that prey can see it easily. I thought that was weird. But there you have it. House For Sale. Spiders and dog hair convey with the sale. Inquire Within.

By the way, Kevin is my spider slaying hero. He wasn't here to deal with the black widow, but today a huge house spider ran past my foot (and I didn't have shoes on!) and I screamed bloody murder and jumped up in a chair. He beat it to death with one of my cute pink flip flops. It gave up a good fight, but it was no match for my footwear.


Jim said...

I will gladly trade your black widows to add to the many at my house, if you'll so kindly take all these copperheads and moccasins at my house! I want to keep the speckled king snakes, please, just in case you miss a viper.
seriously, 3 killed and one missed already, and it's not even July yet

Pamela said...

I don't know what happened to my comment. I hit something on my keyboard and it just left the building.
I've never heard of juvenile red back on black widow spiders. hmmm. I have heard, however, of red back black widows in Australia. AND... some of them showing up in a few southern states.


Jeremy said...

Know how to recognize the egg sacks of Black Widows? They look like a spiked little ball. Crush that and you stop part of the new outbreak.... See us Floridians ain't so stoopid....