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.
Labels: arachnids, New Zealand, spiders
how bout pic of that little creature,you know, just in case...
There's a nice big scary photo if you click on the link to "redback spider" above :-).
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