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 Post subject: Re: Brown Button (Widow) Spider
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:59 am 
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It's Latrodectus geometricus, the brown button spider.

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 Post subject: Re: Does the brown widow spider occur in West Coast NP?
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:45 am 
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sounds interesting :thumbs_up:
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 Post subject: Re: Does the brown widow spider occur in West Coast NP?
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:08 pm 
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As far as I know, there is only one brown widow spider in the Cape Town area, Latrodectus geometricus. It has a distinct orange hourglass pattern on the ventral side (underside) of the abdomen. My project is testing the thermoregulatory property of the silk projections on the egg case. I am aware of their ubiquitous distribution, but need to find some in a remote, safe area because I will be measuring temperatures overnight with expensive equipment :)


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