My Lady Friends…

May 26, 2008

Black_widow Yes...this is one of my dear lady friends that hangs out in my garden. She is the first of 3 very large black widow females I've discovered in my yard this spring by almost putting my hand down on them...I originally found this beauty about 3 months ago...and found her again in the same spot this past Saturday. Since my first encounter with...oh let's call her Vivienne...I've relocated two others to the back alley and told them we had a deal as long as they didn't come back in my yard.

And see, there was this sprinkler timer I needed riiiiight underneath her...I had to scoot Vivienne out of the way.

Sigh, I know I should probalby be killing these chicas, but I just can't bring myself to do it. (I know...I'm threatening the squirrels with my BB gun for stealing peaches but I won't squish the black widows....psycho analyze away...) I've already gotten a brown recluse bite in this yard (still have a tiny spot of death on the back of my calf). But I'm young and healthy so it didn't do much damage. I'm sure a black widow bite would be less than pleasant. But they sure are cool looking huh....

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Heather
May 26, 2008
5:54 pm

Oh, I can never kill those gals either!  They are so beautiful and honestly in my experience they want nothing to do with you as long as you are careful about putting bare hands in spaces between rocks and such.  I am 100% with you on the squirrel thing too…!

compostings
May 26, 2008
7:45 pm

Too cool!  I don’t think I’d kill them either.  Gorgeous spider.  Brown recluse, black widow.. how about deadly biting snakes or maybe a box jellyfish?  Got any of those?

Although, if I found a jellyfish in my garden I would definitely kill it.  Snakes and spiders.. they can stay.  Jellyfish no way.  That’s where I draw the line.

theManicGardener
May 27, 2008
3:48 am

Nice post—great photo, too. I’m glad you don’t kill them, but here’s hoping you don’t get bit. (Or bitten. Whatever.)
—kate

Cat
May 27, 2008
2:35 pm

U have such a variety of dangerous animals and grubs over there! I think the most exciting/dangerous we have are either red biting ants…or bees. Thats it….yawn.

U guys have stink bugs…What are they? Puting preying mantis into your garden ...we only have them at the zoo! Jelly fish…well ....er….nope. Can you gets pics of these little critters…? Cat x (getting a wildlife education by blogging!)

Nancy Bond
May 29, 2008
12:34 am

Craig Rees Cowden
May 31, 2008
6:50 am

Rees

cindee
Jun 03, 2008
1:17 am

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