Entomology (Study of Bugs)/BW spider

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I would very much like your comment on my experience with a  BW spider, as related below.

When I was a teenager living in Utah, I awoke early one morning, and was suddenly wide awake. I rolled over and turned on the lamp next to my bed. I then saw a BW spider that was suspended about 1 ft. above where my head was.  This situation has troubled me ever since because I have never awoke and be wide awake, before or after this incidence. I therefore had attributed this to a friendly spirit or possibly to ESP. However, when I related this story to a friend recently, it crossed my mind that it might be that I sensed a pheromone or other odor coming from the spider since it was so close to my face.  Also, could this spider, that was hanging from the ceiling, sense the heat from my head and so descended down toward me?

Jerry

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Jerry:

BW spiders are not attracted to humans and they cannot detect body heat or are attracted to body heat.  They prefer to hide in corners, under things and in clutter.

As to your other experience, I have no idea. All I can relate is what I know about black widow spiders.

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

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Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

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BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

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2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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