Comments & ID Thoughts
I have no idea. I was cleaning a
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- Submitted: Mar 31, 2019
- Photographed: Mar 31, 2019
- Spider: Latrodectus geometricus (Brown Widow Spider)
- Location: Midrand, South Africa
- Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
- Found in web?: Yes
- Attributes: Dorsal
Ok, submission happened before I finished. I was cleaning a black domestic bin when I picked it up using the molded handles. I felt a strong web and upended the bin, finding my friend above. I always try to release spiders instead of killing them and I thought I’d look online to educate myself. I have no knowledge of spiders so would appreciate help from the community. Thanks.
Hi, this is a Brown Widow, Latrodectus geometricus.
Thank you! I looked it up and I now realise I removed 3 of its eggs and put them into a tree. Will they survive without the spider?
I can move them again if you suggest a better spot for them. Unfortunately, she chose the dustbin handle as a good spot.
Thank you for your concern for the spiders. Cobweaver spiders, such as brown widows, prefer dark enclosed places. They have poor vision and use chemoreception and sense of touch to navigate. They like to be in cabinets, under furniture (like yours), in compost bins and any dark moist safe place where there are crawling insects and other arachnids to eat.
Thanks for replies. Appreciated. I moved them onto the ground in a remote part of the garden in the shade of quite dense foliage.