Thursday, May 6, 2010

Black Widow


I went to move a few 2 x 4's off the driveway this evening and found this little beauty. I knew what it was right away, but wanted to get a little closer for a better look.



Yes. I am crazy. My lens was about three inches from her.



I followed her for a few minutes, snapping away with my camera, and moving backwards as she crawled toward me. Finally, I'd had enough, and flipped her over for a look at her hourglass.



And then I grabbed a big shoe. She is very poisonous after all.


15 comments:

Becky K. said...

Shudder!

jAne said...

mrDarcy said, "that's awesome!"
he's a spider lover. sicko. ugh. comes in handy when we find one in the house and Rocky's not here. otherwise Lizzie and I would just jump up and down and squeal for a bit before trying to end its life using airsoft guns (running away after each shot..i know, pitiful). inverting a glass over the 'pider works pretty well. shaving cream does too. or, grabbing your husband's size 12 clodhopper and whapping the crud outta the bugger! yeah, that's the ticket.

i need more coffee.

jAne

Keary said...

I second that shudder! I'll never forget the evening I was closing up at work (I was working in a small sandwich shop) and almost put my hand right on top of a brown recluse spider! It was hanging out at the bottom of the bin where we kept our lids. Not having anything else handy, I killed it with windex and some paper towels, and then washed the bin and the lids!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Oh Tracy,

I thought that must be what you meant but ugh! Spiders give me the creeps...

Thanks for killing it though! :)

Terri said...

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!! I hate spiders, but I am especially happy that we don't have any poisonous ones around here. I'd never sleep.

Momma Roar said...

I would have gotten the shoe first and then snapped the pictures! ;)

Kittee said...

Beautiful and deadly indeed. You are a brave woman for those photos! I have only seen a black widow once in my life and I hope not to see more. Especially now with my 4 month old around.

Wendy said...

*shiver*...Thanks for posting this...I was able to let my kids have a look, its always good to be on the lookout! Im sure something is crawling on me as I type..ACK! Ive been enjoying your blog weekly, even though I havent participated in Foto Friday often. I especially enjoy your recipe blog and have made your ham bbq a couple of times and it tastes just like home :-) Thanks!

Jodi said...

lol ~ I'm glad you grabbed the shoe eventually. It's funny we had black widows all over (outside) when we lived in middle TN, but I haven't seen one since we moved. When we had them, I was mostly afraid that one of the younger children would pick one up in their quest to examine all things wiggly and wormy!

I love Jane's shaving cream insecticide idea; quite inventive!

amulbunny said...

My SIL was cleaning out my moms garage of 40 years worth of accumulated debris and she killed at least 3 of them. When we had a wood pile I was always careful to wear gloves outside. I really really dislike spiders.

You are a brave woman to get so close. Glad the shoe was handy.

****** said...

Ick! You are brave indeed! She was lovely though, but I am still glad you squished her!
Blessings,
Tina :)

Sharon said...

Ick! I don't get along well with spiders.

nannykim said...

ut oh

Summer said...

WELL I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE THAT I WOULD USE THE SHOE TOO !! BY THE WAY HAVE YOU SEEN THE E MAIL BEING PASSED AROUND ABOUT THE BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER AND THE DAMAGE THAT THEY DO ...... WOW !! I REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE THAT A CREATURE AS TINY AS THESE COULD CAUSE AN ARM OR LEG TO BE NON-FUNCTIONING

Jennifer said...

that's remarkable! ...... and I hope the shoe was a big ol' boot :o)

thanks for letting me continue to follow you! you're family has been in my prayers