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This art is dedicated to my dauther Ashley who just achieved her degree in Environmental Sciences 5-20-2011
Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus geometricus)
Other common names: Brown button spider, Gray widow, Geometric button spider.
Distribution: Worldwide in tropical and subtropical regions. In the U.S.: from Florida to Texas and in California.
Ecology and medical importance: The webs can be located under and between log piles, stones, outdoor furniture, decks and potted plants. Brown widows may also inhabit different structures. L. geometricus has a bite which is venomous to humans, but it is quite shy spider and only bites when seriously provoked.
Field ID: Female has brown cephalothorax and tan to light brown legs with dark brown bands. The abdomen
is highly variable in color. Dorsal part of the abdomen may display white, black and orange markings of various shapes. Hourglass pattern on the underside of the abdomen ranges from yellowish-orange to reddish-orange color. Male is smaller and has narrower abdomen.
Egg sacs of this species are very distinctive and easy to identify. They are tan, spherical and are covered with numerous pointed projections (spikes).
Gotta figure out what to do before these hatch! I have been enviro. gardening to the extreme and just realized this is what these lovely creatures are! YIKES!
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Sonyshooter/Longfellowsgal1/SonyA700 W/Standard Lens Attachement The shot was Edited in AcdSeePro2 and Cropped other than that it is as you see it here an resized so that it can be purchased @ Redbubble.com as card, postcard wall art etc. This will make excellent educational posters as well.
This spider and babies were sent for studies @ UC Riverside upon Discovery.
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