We used to catch black widows in vacant lots...


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Posted by DiverD on May 13, 2003 at 10:00:47:

In Reply to: The Case of the Deadly Wetsuit (lengthy) posted by tleemay on May 10, 2003 at 20:35:34:

I grew up right on the beach (LA South Bay) and there were lots of black widows then -- there still are. We would go to a couple of vacant sand lots (NONE of those exist anymore) and catch them and put them in jars so we could see the red hour glass on their underside. Every time I overturn something in the yard or garage or wherever, I still allow a little extra time and care to let the spiders clear out. And I still look to see if any of them are black widows. Look for the small shiney brown ones also, these are the males, and if present, there could be females near by.


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