I find it very interesting how poorly suited these spiders are for Florida. Seems like they would do much better in a area like Arizona or New Mexico. Heck, even SoCal! A lot of people think reds need humidity, quite the opposite eh?Hey guys, thanks for reading the blog.
I agree, it is very interesting how important paying attention to habitat is in finding the species you're after. It was an educational experience for me to learn that even within "general scrub" communities there are still differences that need to be paid attention to.
Was happy to have a successful outcome, and I have had someone who subscribed to my blog tell me in private step-by-step details of how best to locate/acquire these spiders, so hope to make another go of it soon.
Interesting point about them maybe doing better in Arizona.I find it very interesting how poorly suited these spiders are for Florida. Seems like they would do much better in a area like Arizona or New Mexico. Heck, even SoCal! A lot of people think reds need humidity, quite the opposite eh?
Thanks again John, we always look forward to your posts and pictures
I would say they evolved here, not adapted.It seems like they might be adapting to Florida's habitat more so then it being ideal. I'm just speculating though hehe.
No, it's not that humid where I found them, but it definitely gets that humid in areas of Florida.The two Reds I have sit in 55% humidity and seem to be very happy. Not sure what the humidity is like in the area you found one. Was it over 70 you think?
Yeah, the Black Widow is ubiquitous for sure, but the Red Widow is just the opposite and very particular about its habitatFrom what I've been told, all Latros are cosmopolitan and capable of establishing in a wide variety of habitats. Usually competition keeps them where they are, or as you said, a preference for building homes.
Thanks David, glad you enjoyed the trekGreat blog read Jack. Thanks for the natural history lesson and for the beautiful habitat shots!! Best of luck and keep those great blog posts coming!!