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    So much spider talk...I feel very uneducated when it comes to the arachnids [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

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    Don't feel bad. I know black widows and their relatives because I studied them because of my own interest. Garden spiders because I only saw one Garden spider, and was curious, and false widows (House spiders) shiny black, no hourglass, for the same reason. Funnel web spiders because they have NO sense of humor, whistleing spiders because they're so darn big, and BAD!!!!! Beyond a tarantula or two, the rest of the spider world, bolas spiders, and jumping species notwithstanding, I know no more. You will study more, remember it better, and never forget, when the interest you have is a really strong one.



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    You make some really good points Bugweed. Take CPs for example. I know so much about CPs because I love them and can read about them for hours on end. Microbiology, on the other hand, is something I despise so I don't remember anything about it, even after attending a lecture and reading an entire chapter on it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Been there, too!
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    Bug, what's a whispering spider? I can't find any info on them.

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    Another local name. Australian Spider. Desert dweller. Big as a pancake. Told about it from my Aussie mother-in-law. Your guess is as good as mine on the scientific name.
    Just wrote the mom-in-law. She said "whistling spider", not whispering. I always get that one wrong. I keep calling it the whispering spider. Quite large.



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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Oct. 09 2005,8:36)]The American Black Widow is Latrodectus mactans
    Hey BW- From what I have learned about the genus Latrodectus, there are 5 named species in the US.

    L. mactans (Southern Black Widow) range from southern New Engand to Florida, west to Texas and Kansas. More common in the southern part of the range.

    L. variolus (Northern Black Widow) range from New England to adjacent Canada, south to Florida and west to eastern Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. More common in the northern range.

    L. hesperus (Western Black Widow) Found throughout California. Range from western portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, north to adjacent Canadian provinces and west to Pacific Coast states.

    Two other species - L. bishopi (Red Widow) and L. geostricus (Brown Widow) are typically restricted to a more southern distribution, ie. southern Texas, central/south Florida.

    Here in California we have 3 named species of the giant orb weavers; genus: Argiope.
    A.aurantia (Golden Garden Spider), A. trifasciata (Banded Garden Spider) and A. argentata (Silver Orb Spider), the most beautiful of them all. The former species is more resticted to a southern range; San Luis Obispo county onward south. I have both other species: A. aurantia and A. trifasciata in my garden currently.

    They're very difficult to find because they belnd in so well with the shrubs and bushes they spin their webs in. They are also not very abundant if the food sources are minimal. I get them here every year probably because of all the pitcher plants and the constant buzzing activity from flies, bees, etc., but never really see them until the big females move in around this time of year. They tend to catch lots of bees and skippers.

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    Bug, actually those garden spiders are fairly common here in the northeast section of Montana. i see a few of them a year. they seem to really like my moms tomatoe plants and will string a web between a couple of the biggest plants almost every year. i see them in other areas on a fairly regular basis too.
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