News and Notes from the Winona Lake branch of the Kerr Family
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Eek! A Spider!
I don't normally get too excited about spiders. I'll step on them if my family members insist, but for the most part, I like to let them control the other bugs. Last night, by contrast, while I was re-installing some insulation in the shed, I saw one crawl out of the batting towards my hand. It was just a few inches in front of my eyes, so I could see a violin-shaped marking on it's back quite plainly. I got my hand out of there in a hurry, and found the closest thing I thought would killing without destroying it — a can of artist's fixatif (well, at least he won't smudge now...?) — but despite the heavy spray, he got away. I could be wrong — I don't have the body for identification — but I think that's as close as I've gotten to a brown recluse ("fiddleback") spider. I'd have liked to have known for sure. Official sources claim that they don't live this far north, but there's quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that says they do. Oh, well. No bite, no spider, and only a little scary moment of adventure.