It’s not just rattlesnakes that are poisionous at SBNM
If the idea of hiking in rattlesnake country gives you the willies, I’ve got something to add to your phobias.
Here’s what I spotted beside the path on a hike up Scotts Bluff National Monument today:
The red hourglass is unmistakable. This is the first black widow spider I’ve seen since I lived in southern Illinois. This spider was pretty hefty, about the size of a quarter (sorry, wasn’t going to stick my finger in there for scale), so probably a female.
They’re shy spiders, so unless you’re sticking your hands into their (characteristically messy) webbing, you’re not gonna get bit. What I always hated back in Illinois was that these guys liked to spin webs across latrine seats to catch the flies. Not a good thing to sit down on.
It was a spidery day today. Here’s a big crab spider I found huddled on the pathway (he was about the size of a dime):
Copyright 2011 by Katie Bradshaw