Thursday, September 30, 2010

Black Widow vs. Scorpion

Just in case anyone was wondering if a black widow was tougher than a scorpion, this was something interesting that was found earlier this year while snake hunting. This photo shows what happens when a scorpion gets together with a black widow spider. The scorpion becomes just another meal. In this area, it is extremely common to find black widows with abdomens the size of quarters. The first time I found a black widow this large, my heart started pounding and I checked my clothes repeatedly to make sure I didn't have one on me, but now we have become used to finding them and have very little fear of them.

The scorpion is just a lesser arachnid and becomes hollowed-out web discard:

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