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My Latrodectus bishopi

This is a discussion on My Latrodectus bishopi within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Still just a 'wee one'. Got it this past July. Thus far it is growing ...

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    Default My Latrodectus bishopi

    Still just a 'wee one'. Got it this past July. Thus far it is growing pretty well. Needed a magnifying glass to get much of a look when I got it. Now, the magnifying glass still helps but you can see some of the details with you eyes. Some of the adult females get some spectacular coloring on them. These are endemic to only a few small areas of Florida.

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    Very cool spider.. I looked it up on google, and wow the adult females are spectacular.. are these as venomous as their relatives the black widow? From what I just read these rarely come into contact with humans, and no medical records really exist recording a bite from one.. regardless, I hope it grows well for you!

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    Nice widow you got there! Congrats!

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    EEeks! LOL I like spiders too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk93 View Post
    ..are these as venomous as their relatives the black widow? From what I just read these rarely come into contact with humans, and no medical records really exist recording a bite from one..
    Some contradictory reports with regards to potency. I've read that its venom is weaker than the black, but in other reports that it is equal. You are quite correct as to the lack of medical reports, though. And even with the black widow, bites are rare and deaths are far rarer still. In one article I read, the researcher commented that one has a better odds of being struck by lightning than dying from a black widow's bite. A black widow's bite will, however, make you feel like utter crap for at least a few days. As with any animal, know what it can do, treat it with the respect it deserves, and all should be well.

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    eww.....sorry, not for me. I thought the name Latrodectus was something else, like a grasshopper, or a jasmine of some sort (or was i thinking of leptospermum?) I must say, her back markings are lovely-ish?

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