The BelAir is difficult to start once it’s warmed up so I thought I would check the timing, connections, battery, etc today since it’s a nice sunny Asilomar California kind of day. I pop the hood and poke around a bit. While checking the battery I had my head shoved down inside the engine compartment, catch some movement out of the corner of my eye, turn my head and this stow away was so close I crossed my eyes to get a blurry view of it.

Stow away spider in the 55 BelAir

Stow away spider in the 55 BelAir

Needless to say, once my higher brain functions caught up with my lower brain functions I was already 5 feet back from the car. I’m surprised I didn’t squeal like a little girly man.  It was literally the biggest Black Widow spider I have seen in my life. So, I run inside and grab Roberta and the girls to show them. We all go back out to the car, and no spider. Uh Oh.  We spend 10 minutes looking when the neighbors walk up and start helping us look. Everyone at this point is probably thinking I’m nuts. Finally I sprayed bug killer in the area and convinced the critter to come out with a stick. Once we have it out running around on the ground Roberta grabbed a tupperware container and we put it in that. Then Nora brings out her bug kit and we transfer the critter into that. The toxins are hitting the bug by this point and it’s slowing down, so I let the girls have it with the condition that if it gets out they stomp on it and run!

Top View of the Black Widow

Top View of the Black Widow

Bottom of the Black Widow

Bottom of the Black Widow

Good or bad my girls aren’t afraid of much. Here they are playing with a Black Widow spider.

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