Thursday, September 7, 2023

September 7, 2023

I’m a Southern Black Widow spider
I’m shiny black with a red dot on my butt.
I have a matching red hourglass on my abdomen
I’m pretty, but look and don’t touch!

In general I’m shy and just want to avoid
Being stepped on or crushed or hit.
I’ve got a bite that probably won’t kill you
But it will probably hurt quite a bit! 

For more spidery goodness, check out the second edition of my Rhyming Guide to Florida Spiders which is now available for purchase!

Location: Photos taken with Lou Coticchio  at USF St. Petersburg Cassill Lab 106, Dept of Biological Studies.


Photo and text © 2023 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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