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John King

Member of SOFA
Location
Beaumaris, Melbourne, Australia
Name
John ...
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Around a rock at a hotel I stayed at, about 15 of these beauties. Actually stuck my elbow in a web next to me to get this shot (no egg case so the widow retreated).
Apparently, the Americas black widow spider is genetically identical to the Australian redback spider. And just as poisonous. The spiderlings get carried across the Pacific Ocean frozen, at great height (50-90,00 feet), by the prevailing winds.

It's rare to see them here without the red stripe on their back (females, the males are almost microscopically small), whereas the red back stripe is rarely seen on the Americas variety.

All very interesting.
 

MountainMan79

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Location
Minnesota
Name
Chris
All you need to see:
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Around a rock at a hotel I stayed at, about 15 of these beauties. Actually stuck my elbow in a web next to me to get this shot (no egg case so the widow retreated).
One thing I don’t miss about not living in the southwest any longer is these. I couldn’t sit on my patio furniture without first checking, and most likely killing 4 of them. I drew the line one morning minutes after waking up and going to the restroom, and one was hanging from my toilet paper roll. Thankfully I was awake enough to notice!
 
Cross Orb Weaver ready to lay her eggs....
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