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spider man.

from my dad:

    "Yesterday, while we were away for a few minutes, a Terminex fellow sprayed the front of our house with something called Demon. He had made a mistake and was very embarrassed, so I did not castigate him even thought I was slightly upset at him poisoning my environment. Today, as I was moving a pallet to place the concrete bags upon, I noticed a sticky batch of spider web stuck to my wrist. I picked it off and noticed that inside was the largest black spider I have ever seen. It was twitching. I held it by one leg and checked out the belly. A beautiful red hour-glass decorated the black globe. Checking out the rest of the pallet, I found another extremely large black widow. It too was twitching. If not for the termite guy making a mistake, I would have been bitten on my wrist, right on my pulse. Strange fortune. I have the two spiders in a plastic jar."


And he got et by one of them around this time last year.


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Jul. 30th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
One year I found three of them on my back porch. I too put them in a jar. When they died, they dissolved. From what I read somewhere, their venom is so toxic, that when they die it eats them from the inside.
Jul. 30th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)

not finding anything on that, but how's this for intelligent evolution?

Widow spiders have a few other natural enemies which keep their numbers in check. These include a mud-daubing wasp (Chalybion californicum) that hunts adult spiders to feed its young, and a tiny fly (Pseudogaurax signatus) that lays its eggs in a partially completed spider egg sac. When the egg sac is finished, the fly larvae hatch and feed on the spider's eggs, but not all of them. The flies need some of the spiderlings alive to dissolve an exit hole in the sac so they can escape.
Jul. 30th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
That gives me the heebeejeebees. I hate spiders. I just hate them. I may have a spider dream tonight just by reading that, aren't I strange?
Jul. 30th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
quite strange. if you do, though, drop it off in ifitweremydream ;)
Jul. 31st, 2004 06:43 am (UTC)
Turns out, no spider dream. :)
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