Brown Recluse Spiders aka the Violin Spider

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Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse spiders are venomous, but very timid. They will run and hide to avoid human interaction. By nature they are not aggressive, however they will bite when pressed against human skin, such as slipping on an old shoe, clothes that have been stored away, or trapped underneath the sheets.

  • The Brown Recluse spider may be light tan to dark brown.
  • The Brown Recluse spider has six eyes arranged in a semi-circle.
  • Often referred to as the violin spider since its dorsum has a darker mark that looks like a violin, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the abdomen.
  • As of today, the Brown Recluse has only been found residing in the United States.
  • Brown Recluse spiders seek shelter in dark, dry undisturbed secluded areas that have good hiding places.
  • Favorite hiding places consists of cardboard boxes, shoes and clothing stored in attics, garages, crawl spaces, cellars, closets and/or basements.
  • Brown Recluse spiders sleep during the day and hunt at night.
  • Brown Recluse spiders eat moths or flies and as well as other spiders.
  • In addition to eating other spiders, the Brown Recluse will eat each other.
  • A female Brown Recluse will try to eat the male when mating.
  • Brown Recluses have been known to go six or more months without food or water.
  • Brown Recluse spiders spend the majority of their time on the ground “hunting” for prey.
  • A female Brown Recluse may have several hundred baby spiders per breeding cycle.

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