We were gardening on Saturday with the gorgeous 70 degree weather and found this too lovely ladies. One big and one little black widow (Latrodectus mactans). We caught them to keep as pets but also to give us a little peace of mind while gardening. As soon we get their new homes together I will post pictures.
These are one of the most feared spiders in the United States, but their behavior says they are more scared of us. When I flipped the drain over to see these two lovelies, the bigger of the two’s reaction was to curl up in a ball and look dead.
They are slow moving and not quick to react. We felt bad at the amount of prodding (gentle with the brush end of a paintbrush) that it took to get them to move. They are not aggressive spiders unless you poke and prod and practically squish them.
Moral of the story leave them alone and they will leave you alone, and be careful when you flip things over that have been sitting outside.
For more information, this is a handy site to check out: Animal Diversity Web, by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology