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Photo of the Day: Black Widow in Dundalk

Taking a a closer look at life in and around Dundalk.

Summer is a wonderful time of the year to get out and work in the garden.We plant, weed and water to see all our efforts turn into beautiful flower gardens.

But we need to be careful of the other things that lurk in the gardens. Recently, I found this Black Widow Spider under a pot on my patio. I remember my mother told me about this spider when I was very young. It's amazing how somethings just stick in your memory.

She said if you ever see a black spider with a red, hourglass shape on it's belly, stay away from it because it is poisonous – it's a "Black Widow." It has a very unusual rather ugly web, unlike the normal spider webs we see. The web does not really show in the photo, unfortunately.

This spider was hiding under a pot on my patio, which I am on everyday watering my flowers and sitting enjoying the cool breeze. One day I went out there and a black snake was sunning himself, but by the time I grabbed my camera, he was gone.

I just never know what each day will bring.

Want to share your shot of life in Dundalk, Edgemere and Sparrows Point? Email it to me with your name and phone number, along with a description, at ron.cassie@patch.com. Include "Photo of the Day" in the subject line.

Rebecca G. July 25, 2011 at 01:41 AM
It's pretty rare to be bitten by a black widow, I'm a little infested with them at my house and frequently have them crawling over my hand or arm when mulching my beds. They are beautiful creatures that are quite docile. I find myself showing them to guests to our home who have never seen them, most the time I can turn over an empty pot or anyting that gives them a cool dark place to hide, black widows have a very cottony, sticky web and they love to pull grasses and leaves into their webs for more areas to hide in.
Dotty Cristy July 25, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I'm glad to hear that someone else has Black Widows, I was getting concerned because I now have collected 3. I'm not as at ease with them as you seem to be and I don't really want to find any more. Is there anyone who collects them? I'd be happy to donate.
John July 25, 2011 at 06:33 PM
I have been seeing them now for some time. Just something more people are use to hearing about rather then seeing them, but they have been hear for awhile...
Robert Armstrong July 25, 2011 at 06:40 PM
I am just glad to know what one looks like. I had never seen one before this picture.
Dotty Cristy August 07, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Today is August 7 and I'm reading an obituary, page 20 of the Sunday Sun, a 34 year old young man who just died from complications of a Black Widow Spider bite! Please, please be aware of the danger!
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