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Old Oct 18, 2009, 4:37 PM   #1
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I went to take the kitchen trash out to the can outside and opened the lid and this lovely lady was there to greet me!

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Old Oct 18, 2009, 6:24 PM   #2
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Surprise!

Nice capture. Better you than me.

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Old Oct 18, 2009, 6:50 PM   #3
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Interesting....

Australia has the same spider as the Black Widow, except that the red mark is on the top side, which is why it's called the Redback spider. It's very common, found in sheds, garages, under houses, in old outdoor toilets (often UNDER the seat!! ). Bites the occasional person or pet.
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Nice capture!
but please be careful.
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Wow. I've never encountered a black widow. I know they're venomous, but I don't know how potent the venom is. How dangerous are they?
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I hope you dispatched her immediately after taking her mug shot. You sure don't want more of those things around your house.
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Wow. I've never encountered a black widow. I know they're venomous, but I don't know how potent the venom is. How dangerous are they?
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I hope you dispatched her immediately after taking her mug shot. You sure don't want more of those things around your house.
For adults, they can make you very ill and possibly cause anaphylactic shock. I've been told that they can be fatal to small children.

Yes, she is now expired, in a jar and going to my wife's first grade class tomorrow to be on display.

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Yes, she is now expired, in a jar and going to my wife's first grade class tomorrow to be on display.
Hi jpf,

This probably doesn't need saying, but that looks like her egg sack that she's tending to. I hope that you securely disposed of that also.

It's good that you shot it with the DA*200, that means at least a couple of feet away. Just about now, I'd be seeing them everywhere out of the corner of my eye, and, of course, when I looked directly at them, "they" wouldn't be there. . .

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For adults, they can make you very ill and possibly cause anaphylactic shock. I've been told that they can be fatal to small children.

Yes, she is now expired, in a jar and going to my wife's first grade class tomorrow to be on display.
Class in a jar now do not touch children for if you do your parents can do me harm .... no don't do that that's a shame like taking a needle to school that has been used....you should know better!
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