Now, I am not afraid of spiders. They don't really bother me, but this one crawling out of my grapes gave me the heebie jeebies!
I quickly put the lid on the container and put the entire works outside into our lovely -24C temperatures. I was going to kill him! But then I knew I needed picture of him. So I brought the container back in, bravely lifted up the lid and snapped a quick picture before the spider crawled out. Then back outside it went.
|Well hello spider! Good thing the grapes didn't make it down to playgroup!|
Turns out I found a black widow spider. Wow! It was really easy to identify with the bold red markings under his abdomen. A friend sent me this link to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency about black widows traveling up from California in the fall on grapes. I looked at the package the grapes had be in, and yes, they were from California!
|Most definitely a black widow!|
|We named it Bob and it is now in a jar.|
The best conversation had about the spider came from Michael in Whitehorse. I have a deathly, irrational fear of moths and I said I would rather be around the spider over a moth. This is what he said about that:
That's so weird. Let's assess the comparative threat level.
Black Widow Spider: Not dangerous if left alone, but capable of causing painful death with one bite. Threat Level 9 out of 10.
Moth: A fuzzy relative to the butterfly. Flits about, causing no direct harm to any human ever. Commits suicide by repeatedly "flying into the light" Threat Level -1000 out of 10.
ahahah So funny and true. But I am still scared of moths. Deathly afraid.
So check your grapes thoroughly and maybe you will find a new friend too!