WARNING: Highly Venomous!
August 21, 2008
Thanks to Jessica, a brave reader of my website and spider enthusiast, for supplying me with this spider! She caught her in her apartment and kept her for me. I have been wanting to get a photo of a live Brown Recluse for years!
Fortunately, the spider could not climb the slippery sides of the plastic critter box I had her in. If the Black Widow makes me nervous, this spider really
gives me the jitters to photograph! This is one of the 2 dangerously venomous spiders in North America. The venom is necrotic, causing death of the affected tissue near the bite.
This spider is pretty easy to identify because of the distinctive "violin" pattern on the cephalothorax. They are one of the few spiders that have 6 eyes, arranged in pairs, most spiders have 8 eyes. Of course, not many people are willing to get close enough to a Brown Recluse to look at its eyes! :)
Brown Recluse information