A black widow has taken up residence in one of the outdoor terra cotta lanterns we brought back from Chiang Mai. Here, it prepares a creature of unknown origin for dinner.
We have many black widows, near the garden hose and other cool, damp places around the house. Though highly toxic, the spider’s bites are rarely fatal to humans, as only a small amount of venom is injected. The female black widow does, at times, devour her mateâ€”but not so often as legend would have it. The male is less venemous than the female, and neither is aggressive unless disturbed.
Generally, these spiders go about their own business and I don’t mind their presenceâ€”at a distance. I won’t be sticking my fingers into the terra cotta lanterns anytime soon, and I always check my shoes before putting them on.