Meet Our Brown Widow!

The inside of our garage door has been home to a brown widow spider and her various egg sacs for at least a year now. Most of the time when she senses movement she dives for her hiding place behind the door’s strut and hunkers down where she can barely be seen. But today as I was leaving for some errands she was out and about tending to her webnest and her would be babies so of course I got all up in her business with my iPhone and shot the following segment of video.

If you’re decidedly arachnophobic or perhaps just not in the least bit as fascinated and awestruck as I am by spiders I wouldn’t recommend clicking play.

Thought to have established themselves in California in 2000, brown widows are a non-native species and are spreading up the state and into neighboring states at a pretty rapid rate. Originally found primarily in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, the species has now been found in Santa Barbara County and as far north as Sacramento County, according to the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside. Opinions differ on the seriousness of a brown widow’s venom. Some say it’s twice as toxic as a black widow’s while others say a bite is minor unless the person bitten suffers an allergic reaction to the venom.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."