BLACK WIDOWS vs. BROWN WIDOWS
BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS MAY HAVE MET THEIR MATCH!
Black widow spiders seem to be universally feared, but who’s scared of a BROWN WIDOW? The black widow should be shaking in all eight (8) of its boots, a new study suggests. In the United States, there’s a new widow in town, the BROWN WIDOW. According to scientists, it may be taking over some native western black widow territory.
The one good thing in a sense, is that brown widow spider bites are less toxic than the black widow.
It was first discovered in Florida, in 1935. Then in 2003, there were cases of the brown widow in California. These arachnids just came out of nowhere, and in a very short time. You can usually find the brown widow in urban areas, farms, and undeveloped natural areas.
According to Richard Vetter, a researcher from the University of California, Riverside, “There may be some competition where brown widows are displacing black widows because there is a habitat overlap. There are also places where only brown widows were able to make homes, but in other habitats, the black widows still predominate”.
Researchers studied seventy-two (72) sites, and found twenty (20) times as many brown widows as black widows.
Here’s the scary part, they were frequently found outside under patio/outdoor furniture, in tiny spaces in walls, fences and other objects.
Here’s the good news, neither spider was found in the living spaces of houses, according to a statement made by researchers.