|Black Widow Spider |
found at Green Meadows!
The photo to the right depicts one found under the rocks by my own bed at Green Meadows last October. I brought this one home in a baggie to make sure we identified it correctly, yikes!
While we don't have black widows crawling all over the garden, they have been spotted on occasion and most often during the autumn when they are highly active. Black widows are one of the more common dangerous spiders found in our area and their bites do require medical attention.
Please take extra caution when moving items around and next to your garden beds. Folded up frost blankets, rocks, and bags of dirt all make excellent hiding spots for these little guys.
For those who would like additional information on the spiders, the University of Michigan has some pertinent facts.
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Latrodectus_mactans/ - link to the University of Michigan's article on black widow spiders.
Denise, Beds 25 & 29