Saturday, September 2, 2023

September 2, 2023

I am a Brown Widow spider
The back of this mailbox is where I live
I'm generally shy, 
But if I'm surprised
I will bite, it will hurt, but you'll [most likely*] live.

*As I describe in the second edition of my Rhyming Guide to Florida Spiders (which is now available for purchase) the venom of the Brown Widow can be harmful to humans, but in general, the Brown Widow is not aggressive and will only bite if provoked. If you are bitten by a spider  (or any insect) and the bite appears to be getting worse, painful or infected, seek medical attention.

Location: Private residence, Fellsmere


Photo and text © 2023 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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