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25 May 2008 @ 11:53 am
Found this creepy crawly last night.

Cryn: X.xcrynny on May 25th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
That *IS* one scary spider.
Wolver D. Gulosecret_wolver on May 25th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
How did you get those shots?
tiggerfoxtiggerfox on May 26th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I captured the spider in some plastic packaging I had laying around. I put a piece of paper and the quarter under the packaging so I could get a good shot and have some reference.
Rabs Whitetail: rabswhitetail on May 26th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
I've never been harmed by a spider in any way...
tiggerfoxtiggerfox on May 26th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
neither have I thankfully, aside from the occasional bite. Those are no worse then a mosquito bite. So I don't really call it hard =) These kind creep me out a bit and I don't like them near where I sleep.
Polecatp0lecat on May 28th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Sir! That IS a Brown Recluse! Congratulations! Your the first person that I have met that didnt jump to any conclusions about what it was but if you look at the back of it with the faint light discolor, that is a poorly defined "fiddle" witch is the reason the spider is called a Fiddle Back. You might want to call your local animal control to see if there is any other reports of the spider in your area. Some areas do keep numbers on them but most well tell you thanks but no thanks.
tiggerfoxtiggerfox on May 28th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
This is most assuredly NOT a Brown Recluse. The eyes are not in pairs and if you look closely at the third image you will see 8 eyes.

The Brown Recluse Spider AKA - Violin spider or Fiddle back spider. This spider seems to have become somewhat of an urban legend here in California. While this spider does indeed exist and can cause a nasty bite, it has never been attributed directly with the death of anyone in the U.S. Though it is a fact that Brown Recluse bites are reported more here in California than anywhere else in the states, it is also a fact that the Brown Recluse DOES NOT reside in California.

It's NOT a Brown Recluse IF any of the following are true:

1) It's really BIG:
A spider's body is in two main parts. The size of the body, not including legs, of a recluse is smaller than a dime.

2) It's really HAIRY:
Brown recluses have only very fine hairs that are invisible to the naked eye.

3) It JUMPS:
Jumping spiders live up to their name, and some other spiders including wolf spiders occasionally jump, but recluses don't.

4) I found it in a WEB
Brown recluses don't spin a web to catch prey; they spin silk retreats and egg cases, but don't form a typical recognizable web.

5) It has DISTINCT MARKINGS VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE, such as stripes, diamonds, chevrons, spots, etc. that are easily seen.
Brown recluses have no markings on their legs or abdomen (the largest part of the spider's body). The "violin" is very small and located on the front half of the body. The violin is also indistinct in some, especially young spiders. They're really rather dull looking.


The most definitive physical feature of recluse spiders is their eyes:

Most spiders have eight eyes that typically are arranged in two rows of four but recluse spiders have six equal-sized eyes arranged in three pairs, called dyads. There is a dyad at the front of the cephalothorax (the first main body part to which the legs attach) and another dyad on each side further back.






Polecatp0lecat on May 28th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm Then it may not be What do you think it is?
tiggerfoxtiggerfox on May 28th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure, I have had a hard time finding a good resource for identifying spiders other then the really common ones. I have found a male of this species before as well. They are pretty common around our house. I need to get a book that has a good selection of spiders to try and identify her. I'd like to identify all the spiders around our house.

Even though she's not a recluse I'm sure her bite isn't pleasant.
Zixaluszixalus on June 13th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
If that thing is still around when i come to visit, I'm squashin that fucker like a bad habit, believe you me. ;P