Sunday, July 01, 2007
Beware, these little Red Back Spiders have been known to leave their native shores and one has been found as far away as Hamburg, probably hitching a ride there on a freighter.
The Red Back Spider, can give a dangerous sting and is a native of Australia and resembles the Black Widow spider.
The female looks very attractrive and usually has a red stripe which can be seen here when the photo is enlarged, and her bite can result in localised symptoms, or more seriously, systemic symptoms but death is rare. An antivenom is available.
This particular little spider was found under a sheet of wood, was photographed and then encourage to leave. This is why I take care out in the garden. The spider can be found in dry sheltered sites such as among rocks, in logs, in sheds, outhouses or under rubbish. They are even immortalized in song.
This spider is only one of two animals to date where the male has been found to actively assist the female in cannibalism. In the process of mating, the much smaller male spider moves near the females mouth. In about two out of three cases, the female consumes the male while mating continues. Males who are not eaten die soon after. Well, I never! (Wikipedia)
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