Thursday, January 13, 2011
Brown widows attack Encinitas
Encinitas just can't get a break from the animal kingdom arthropods.
Last summer it was killer bees; this winter it's brown widow spiders.
I've found several adult females and egg sacs in the back yard composter. Today I also found an adult building a web in the vegetable garden.
More on the brown widow here. The colors range from a light brown with patterns to a black just slightly lighter and not as shiny as the black widow. The egg sac can be identified by its spiky exterior.
The origin of the brown widow is unknown, but an awful lot seem to be from Orange County like those other unwelcome invaders, Neptune Avenue weekenders.