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    Mar 14, 2015, 02:18 PM
    Black widow biology
    Taking some macro shots of this black widow we came across this odd tubule type of structure on it's under belly. My guess is oviduct... but perhaps someone can clarify?

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    Mar 14, 2015, 03:16 PM
    It's in the correct spot to be the oviduct, but it's highly enlarged. Just mated, perhaps?
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    Mar 14, 2015, 05:00 PM
    It's been captive since fall, so it hasn't mated recently. Very curious though! I wouldn't have expected it to be so large.
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    Mar 14, 2015, 06:19 PM
    Perhaps some eggs are on the way?
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    Mar 15, 2015, 03:04 AM
    A possibility, to be sure.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 10:54 AM
    I can't view the picture. I would love to see it.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 11:01 AM
    HH, it looks like your picture is no longer available to view. Can you repost it?
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    Mar 15, 2015, 11:03 AM
    I can see it on my Kindle and pc. Hmmmmm.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 11:07 AM
    The attachment seems to have disappeared for me too. Hauntinghelper, can you re-post?
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    Mar 15, 2015, 03:53 PM
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    Hmmm, yeah it did disappear didn't it. Hopefully I can get some better pictures of it soon. Here's the posted picture again...
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    Mar 15, 2015, 04:04 PM
    I can't see it either, or still.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 04:07 PM
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    Mar 16, 2015, 12:48 AM
    Thanks WG.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 10:02 AM
    Kinda scary looking at that size. Where's odinn when ya need him???
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    Mar 16, 2015, 12:58 PM
    Yep it is, I think he might be hiding.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 08:18 PM
    That's a fantastic picture. You took that pic, HH?

    Anyway....I have always referred to that as the epigynum. It does look bigger than usual but that may mean nothing. That could just be normal on that particular spider. Overall, they look similar from spider to spider within species but, just like humans, there are sometimes little differences from one to the next.

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    Yep it is, I think he might be hiding.
    Hiding? Me? From a spider? No way.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 08:36 PM
    I was hoping you'd like her, odinn.
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    Mar 17, 2015, 07:15 AM
    Odinn - yes, I did take this shot. I got a new macro setup for my camera. I was trying to get a clear shot of the eyes but she wouldn't cooperate with me. When photographing this close the depth of field is extremely shallow. Very hard to photograph with a moving subject. I'm going to try and photograph her again when I have a better lighting setup.
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    #19

    Mar 17, 2015, 07:22 AM
    Here's one that turned out pretty well. It's a stink bug... check out those red simple eyes! (I know I'm off subject now)

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    Mar 17, 2015, 08:07 AM
    Just to make sure everyone can see the pic:
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    It is pretty.

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