Black widow spider with egg sac
This black widow had built a web and an egg sac inside a cinder block in our back yard. Bob had to move the cinder block, but he was able to do it without dislodging the spider or her eggs and most of her web survived intact.
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Tagged as black widow spider, Latrodectus mactans, Nature, photography, Western North Carolina
“black widow , dear , say thank you to Bob!”
A gallant rescue , really, and love the brilliant photo, too!
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Maybe I’ll get photos of cute little baby spiders!
Gorgeous to look at but NIMBY! Glad you were able to relocate her safely though. Thanks for sharing, Ann.
Thanks, Melissa! Another good reason to always wear gardening gloves!
yeah, how close were you (and da cam’ra)? we, too, will re-locate ’em if we can — far away from da haus ~
many years ago i worked in a place where a young lady kept a B W in a jar, fine screen mesh across the top. there was an egg sac. one day the egg sac was mostly empty and most the iddy biddy l’il spiders had eXcaipt thru’ the mesh. the young lady was even more popular after that ! (yea, rite)
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Bob and I didn’t want to kill her, but we do worry about all the cats around here. Widow venom isn’t usually powerful enough to kill a healthy human, but it can take out a cat. Bob covered the opening on the cinder block so that mom could get in and out but a cat couldn’t mess with her. I’m checking every day – I want to try to get some baby pictures.
gonna need a teeeny liddul microscopic camera ~
a tad scary!! great shot!!
Thank you! She wasn’t too scary, really. She wouldn’t move far from those eggs, so I was safe enough. I did check that Bob was wearing his gardening gloves when he picked up that cinder block, though!
Oh that’s a mighty mama! I have never seen them where I live.
She has a few distant cousins in Europe, but her species’ habitat is the southeastern US. I wish I could have got a shot of her belly – she’s got a beautiful bright red hourglass shaped mark.
I have heard of some in the Southern Europe, but thankfully never came across. I was told that one looks like a wasp. Must look up.
Very nice capture. I would have run far away from this one. Yiikes
She wasn’t frightening at all – just warning me not to get too close to her eggs.
Scary but beautiful click.
Yes – Mother Nature’s way of saying “look but don’t touch.”
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