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Whitehurst Diaries: Sharon W requests expert spider ID

Wise males of the Whitehurst clan suggest avoidance. Latest chapter may be indicator that terrible spiders have affinity for Double Red Knockout Roses
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By Sharon Whitehurst

This creature in the three accompany photos turned up this morning as I weeded around a Double Red Knock-out Rose.

She was not aggressive: seemed mainly concerned with trundling away from me into the taller grass. She was still there when I came back with the camera.

I didn't touch her, but she rolled into a ball and showed her underside.

I am being scolded by the males of the family who insist I was poking at a Black Widow spider and courting all kinds of injury.

Perhaps long time residents of Adair County can inform me whether these are common. -Sharon Whitehurst
See Lactrodectus in Wikipedia for a pretty good hint at what Sharon Whitehurst was photographing.

This story was posted on 2011-06-21 13:54:41
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Whitehurst Diaries: Name that spider

2011-06-21 - Old Gradyville RD, Columbia, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Unwilling to take the resident expert advice about her new nature interest, Sharon Whitehurst asks for still expert-er advice on what this lady with the red hourglass on her belly is. Menfolks told her to leave it be.Postscript: Sharon Whitehurst has followed this post to say she is now duly chastened and will no longer get so close to the dark lady. But the chastening continues, as others write to give the expert-er advice we needed and continue the chastening.

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