I just learned that Steatoda grossa spiders look a lot like black widows, except they are more brown or reddish and lack the hourglass. I've seen plenty of black widows in Colorado and they really do look similar. Nothing to worry about though, apparently. http://www.srv.net/~dkv/hobospider/steatoda.html (upper left picture) I found a whole family of these guys in my worm compost which is a trash can with holes drilled, full of ready to harvest worm poop. I kind of freaked out & squished them but now I see I was overreacting. I wonder now what they might have been eating in there, rolly-pollys? -- Paul Furman http://www.edgehill.net san francisco native plants
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