Black Widow Spider
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I'm smaller and harmless if I'm male
and I have no venom. I'm dangerous
and much bigger if I'm female. It's hard
to tell my sex, so I avoid me all together
Better safe than sorry!
I look innocuous. I'm no bigger than
the size of a Brazil nut, but don't be fooled;
I'm extremely dangerous. My reputation
precedes me. I've been striking fear into
the hearts of men for millennia.
I'm one of the most toxic of all spiders
My venom is much more potent than that
of a rattlesnake's. I'm a weaver of sticky
tangled scaffold webs that I use
to ensnare insects.
My eight legs have hairs and bristles
that is sensitive to vibrations. That's how
I detect prey. I use my pumping abdomen
to spin silk to make webs, bind prey,
and protect their eggs from other critters.
I'm a solitary, patient predator. I spend
most of my life sitting on my web
and waiting for moths, beetles, bugs
flies; I even enjoy a crunchy scorpion
from time to time.
Once trapped, I dart forward and pin them
down. I inject my venom with my sharp fang;
then I suck them dry down to their exoskeleton!
My bite on humans can cause skin blisters
leading to gangrene!
I'm a Black Widow Spider; avoid me at all cost!
Date written: 02/16/2020
Copyright © Edward Ibeh | Year Posted 2020