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There's a Black Widow Spider in the Parade!

UC Davis Entomology Club members with the black widow spider float are (from left) Darian Dungey, James Fong, Chloe Shott (partially shown), Ben Maples (partially shown) James Heydon,   Maia Lundy, Diego Rivera. Lundy is the president of the club. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

The venomous black widow spider (Latrodectus hesperus) is usually found in and around wood piles, beneath stones and rubble, and in cluttered areas of basements, sheds and garages. It can strike fear in the hearts of non-biologists. Sometimes it's found...

UC Davis Entomology Club members with the black widow spider float are (from left) Darian Dungey, James Fong, Chloe Shott (partially shown), Ben Maples (partially shown) James Heydon,   Maia Lundy, Diego Rivera. Lundy is the president of the club. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)
UC Davis Entomology Club members with the black widow spider float are (from left) Darian Dungey, James Fong, Chloe Shott (partially shown), Ben Maples (partially shown) James Heydon, Maia Lundy, Diego Rivera. Lundy is the president of the club. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

UC Davis Entomology Club members with the black widow spider float are (from left) Darian Dungey, James Fong, Chloe Shott (partially shown), Ben Maples (partially shown) James Heydon, Maia Lundy, Diego Rivera. Lundy is the president of the club. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

UC Davis Entomology Club members
UC Davis Entomology Club members "walk" the black widow spider in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade. From left are Eliza Litsey, Ben Maples (in spider abdomen), Chloe Shott (in spider cephalothorax), Darian Dungey (holding sign), James Heydon, James Fong (in bee costume), Crystal Homicz, and Diego Rivera. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

UC Davis Entomology Club members "walk" the black widow spider in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade. From left are Eliza Litsey, Ben Maples (in spider abdomen), Chloe Shott (in spider cephalothorax), Darian Dungey (holding sign), James Heydon, James Fong (in bee costume), Crystal Homicz, and Diego Rivera. (Photo by Melissa Cruz)

Following the parade, the black widow spider was showcased in front of Briggs Hall, home of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Following the parade, the black widow spider was showcased in front of Briggs Hall, home of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Following the parade, the black widow spider was showcased in front of Briggs Hall, home of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A young child stares at the black widow spider in front of Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A young child stares at the black widow spider in front of Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A young child stares at the black widow spider in front of Briggs Hall, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:32 PM

These Girls Could Make or Break Your Halloween!

This is a female false black widow, Steatoda grossa, photographed in Davis, Calif. and released. (Photo by Adrienne Austin-Shapiro)

This just in for Halloween! Ever seen a false black widow spider? Commonly known as the cupboard spider,  it's a semi-cosmopolitan spider that's often confused with the "real" black widow spider, known for its powerful venom. Adrienne Shapiro of...

This is a female false black widow, Steatoda grossa, photographed in Davis, Calif. and released. (Photo by Adrienne Austin-Shapiro)
This is a female false black widow, Steatoda grossa, photographed in Davis, Calif. and released. (Photo by Adrienne Austin-Shapiro)

This is a female false black widow, Steatoda grossa, photographed in Davis, Calif. and released. (Photo by Adrienne Austin-Shapiro)

This is a female black widow spider (Latrodectus), straddling her egg cases. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a female black widow spider (Latrodectus), straddling her egg cases. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a female black widow spider (Latrodectus), straddling her egg cases. This image was taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:11 PM

Get Ready for the 40-Foot-Long Black Widow Spider!

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

In real life, the black widow spider is about 1.5 inches long. You'd never know that if you looked in the backyard of UC Davis entomologists Robert and Lynn Kimsey. The UC Davis Entomology Club, advised by Robert Kimsey, is building a 40-foot-long...

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)
Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Figuring out the measurements are secretary Christine Melvin, member Hunter Bolt, president Marko Marrero, and member Sam Shook. (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero  (Photo by Alex Nguyen)
Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

Working on the float are (from left) member Ben Maples and president Marko Marrero (Photo by Alex Nguyen)

This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.
This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.

This is the black widow spider that the UC Davis Entomology Club entered in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade some 20 years ago.

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:06 PM

Spiders? Scary? Spooky?

Jumping spider eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Look, there's a spider!" A sure-fire way to frighten arachnophobics is the very mention of "spiders"--especially on Halloween. Spiders aren't insects but arthropods, order Araneae. They have eight legs, which according to some, are seven...

Jumping spider eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jumping spider eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jumping spider eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on sedum eyes a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Crab spider on sedum eyes a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crab spider on sedum eyes a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Garden spider captures a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Garden spider captures a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Garden spider captures a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Black Widow Spider Spells Danger

Female black widow spider guarding her egg sacs on the lip of a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The female black widow spider stood guard. She clutched her two teardrop-shaped egg sacs, suspended from the web she'd earlier woven on the lip of the swimming pool. She spent the day crawling up, over and around them.  Two sacs, about 300 eggs...

Female black widow spider guarding her egg sacs on the lip of a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Female black widow spider guarding her egg sacs on the lip of a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Female black widow spider guarding her egg sacs on the lip of a swimming pool. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cellar spider (aka
Cellar spider (aka "daddy long-legs" Pholcus phalangioides) waits for the spiderlings to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cellar spider (aka "daddy long-legs" Pholcus phalangioides) waits for the spiderlings to emerge. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up: Female black widow guarding her egg sacs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Bottoms up: Female black widow guarding her egg sacs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up: Female black widow guarding her egg sacs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 8:04 PM

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