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Friday, February 15, 2008

Little Miss Muffett  

The Southland Times is reporting that a woman in New Zealand was recently alarmed to discover a redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti) crawling out of a decoration in her house. After she immobilized said spider with a pesticide and stored it for safekeeping, the NZ Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry came and picked it up, confirming the id and verifying that, luckily, there were not any additional spiders hanging about. The redback, which has a painful, venomous bite, is an Australian native that currently has some established populations in New Zealand.

Thanks to Andrew B. for sending in a link to this story.

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how bout pic of that little creature,you know, just in case...

By Blogger NancySue, at 2/17/2008 11:57:00 AM  

There's a nice big scary photo if you click on the link to "redback spider" above :-).

By Blogger Jennifer Forman Orth, at 2/17/2008 02:31:00 PM  

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