Black Widows! Everywhere! Well, not right now but in this post, I mentioned they were surrounding my trailer this spring and summer. Here's the only one I took photos of before I released her in her new home. She's a looker, eh? Really! She's beautiful! They all were but this one's markings were a little something extra. All but the one on my yoga mat were calm and collected, so they were easy to relocate far far away from my humble abode.
Yes, the one on my yoga mat, while I was doing yoga. Happily engaged in plank position, I notice a huge lady only a couple centimeters from my pinkie, on my mat. I grabbed a stick and encouraged her on it, but she went wild and crazy. A wild and crazy rogue! All the rest would casually meander into my black widow container, but this woman was not in a good mood. I only could get her a few feet away before she was about to crawl on my arm, so I'm pretty sure she came right back to the area. Yeah, stupidly I was keeping my yoga mat curled up outside. Turns out it was the ideal home for a black widow. I also was keeping my pull-up bar outside, and one of them decorated that nicely with her web also, choosing to spend her days and nights hunkered down in one of the little holes on the bar. Swell! It was swell!
By the time I left for the season, there were something like 17-19 black widows, all females except for 2 males. Lots of egg sacs. Comforting, huh? Actually, after the first 7-8 spiders, I sort of got used to them, even knowing there were egg sacs I couldn't find, probably directly under my windows, which I always kept open.
Now we're back in the house, not a trailer, and more black widows but the scorpions! Ah hah! The scorpions (and geckos) are all over the place. I'm sure I'll get stung one of these days. While I was putting one back outside recently, I counted 11 others lingering in the driveway. Ha!