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black widow

Discussion in 'Other Spiders & Arachnids' started by Mattlovesspiders, Nov 27, 2019.

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    i hope this is the right thread...

    recently acquired a beautiful female black widow who came into my work on some grapes from california!

    I was going to keep her as a pet but the family gave me a resounding no..

    does anyone know any place in central NY where i could bring her?

    Id rather see her to a good home vs letting her go in the cold!

  2. Jadestone

    Jadestone Arachnopeon

    Do you have any pictures of her? I am sure there are some in your area who would love to add a widow to their collection. If all else fails, you could see if someone at your work could hold on to her.
  3. HI! I am new here and also just adopted two black widows while at work. One who I named Scarlet was sprayed with bug spray :( but survived!! But changed color (brown) She is my little trooper. Then came along Charlotte, who is a healthy beast! She recently devoured an adult cricket and is claiming her territory in the house! Does anyone know if two can live together? I am completely new to this! lol Thanks in advance!

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  4. dangerforceidle

    dangerforceidle Arachnolord Active Member

    I hope you're able to find someone to take her, but please don't let her go if you can't. There are actually 3 distinct species of black widow in the USA, and the ones found in California (Western black widow, Latrodectus hesperus) are not the same as the ones found in NY state (Northern black widow, L. variolus, and Southern black widow, L. mactans, with a bias to the Northern variant). If she had mated prior to the grapes being harvested, she could produce several egg sacs and hundreds or thousands of offspring.

    We need to be mindful of aiding the spread of species where they aren't normally present.
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  5. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    Which are absolutely soaked in pesticides often within days of picking.

    Typical of many species of spiders. Extremely resistant to pesticides. The pest companies come in and spray your entire house, turning it into a toxic waste disposal ground, but the spiders present just shrug.
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  6. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Do not release it. Latrodectus hesperus is not native to your state. If it is an adult female, it may lay an egg sac; thus there is opportunity for an invasive population to set up.

    No. The only way this would work is if you gave them a huge area to live in.
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  7. Jadestone

    Jadestone Arachnopeon

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure she is a Brown Widow.
  8. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

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  9. Jadestone

    Jadestone Arachnopeon

    No, I meant Velarico's spider.
  10. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Definitely not geometricus. One may be mactans even given the location and the red dot on the spinnerets. I’d need to see the hourglass.
  11. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    The medial stripe of that one is very typical of immature Hesperus. But could be Variolus. I'll also positively identify the other as theridiidae. :shifty:
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  12. aaarg

    aaarg Arachnosquire Active Member

    not if they're organic!

    i work in produce and had a customer point out some mold in a bag of grapes. i said 'thanks - oh, that's not mold, it's silk - ah, a sac spider - and eggs!' she was... not impressed for some reason. pft buzz off.
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    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

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