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Brown Recluse  ("Fiddleback" or "Violin") Spider on my Wall | by OakleyOriginals
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Brown Recluse ("Fiddleback" or "Violin") Spider on my Wall

Most spiders do not bother me, but this poisonous one is my enemy.


Last night when I walked into the laundry room to switch the clothes around, I spotted this disgusting Brown Recluse crawling up the wall toward its web in the ceiling corner. What nerve it has to be in OUR HOME! We find these critters around our house many times a year. Perhaps the creek and green belt beyond our backyard attracts them.


The BROWN RECLUSE belongs to a group of spiders that is officially known as the "recluse spiders" in the genus Loxosceles (pronounced lox-sos-a-leez). These spiders are also commonly referred to as "fiddleback" spiders or "violin" spiders because of the violin-shaped marking on the top surface of the cephalothorax (fused head and thorax).


The bite of the brown recluse spider can result in a painful, deep wound that takes a long time to heal. Fatalities are extremely rare, but bites are most dangerous to young children, the elderly, and those in poor physical condition. When there is a severe reaction to the bite, the site can erupt into a "volcano lesion" (a hole in the flesh due to damaged, gangrenous tissue). The open wound may range from the size of an adult's thumbnail to the span of a hand. The dead tissue gradually sloughs away, exposing underlying tissues. The sunken, ulcerating sore may heal slowly up to 6 to 8 weeks. Full recovery may take several months and scarring may remain.

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Taken on April 4, 2009