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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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