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Old Sep 13, 2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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I seem to have a colony of these black widow spiders in my garage. I've already killed 7 of them. Normally I am quite tolerant of bugs in the house. If I come across a spider, I will catch it and let it go in the backyard. However, when it comes to black widows, I have a kill on sight policy. I have 2 babies in the house and my 16 month old son has no fear of bugs and likes to pick them up unfortunately. Taking this shot was an "interesting" experience. On one hand, I wanted to get closer and closer for a better shot. On the other hand, I had to fight my revulsion and fear of spiders (especially black widows...gahh!!!). Usually right before I smash them with a broom I'll say, "Sorry. No offense but I have little kids to look after."

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Old Sep 13, 2008, 12:06 PM   #2
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Good color and detail.
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Old Sep 13, 2008, 1:18 PM   #3
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Fantastic photo.
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Great Job Hung. Fantastic photo.
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Good shot, and you have nothing to apologize for - even the most ardent conservationist must draw the line somewhere. And you can add Violin (=Reclluse} Spiders to your Bad Guy list. On the other hand, those long-bodied, long-legged Household (=Cellar) Spiders are harmless to humans and will keep out the other spiders.
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Carly, Flutelady, Steve, and Penolta, thank you all for you comments. I quite a few daddy long legs here in my house for some reason. I always seem to find a big one in the bathroom while I'm taking a shower. They can be tough to photograph though because most of their long legs will be out of focus.

Hey Penolta, I thought that we didn't have Brown Recluse spiders here in california.

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Old Sep 14, 2008, 5:50 AM   #7
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Awesome!
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 12:02 PM   #8
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royce10 wrote:
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Hey Penolta, I thought that we didn't have Brown Recluse spiders here in california.

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According to newspaper accounts there have beeh several infestions found locally in Orange County, and a termite inspector who came to my house still had an open wound from what he said was a previous bite from one. Whether or not they were accurately repored or identified, I don't know, because there are other species of Recluse spiders besides that one. The Soutsh American Recluse Spider (Loxsceles rufescens, rather than L. reclusa, the Brown Recluse Spider) has been found in the Los Angeles area and may or may not be the same one.
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