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Old 04-26-2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default Brown Recluse: quick info.

I thought I would give a little write up on Brown Recluse Spiders, due to the "I hate Spiders" thread.

I hear all the time how someone knows someone that was bit by a Brown Recluse Spider.

If you live outside the Shaded area of the map, you have no Brown Recluse Spiders. Many cases of Recluse bites come from areas that the Spider does not inhabit.


Many times necrotizing wounds are attributed to spider bites, especially the Brown Recluse.

So if you live outside the range of the Brown Recluse and someone tells you how so and so was bit by a Recluse. It wasn't a Brown Recluse.

I also hear how the spider they caught is a Brown Recluse because of the fiddle shape on it's back. They don't pay attention that it is right behind the eyes. Not just any where on the back of the Spider.

Many spiders, including the real Brown Recluse, have a fiddle shaped spot behind the eyes. The number of species with that spot, limits it's usefulness in proper identification.

Then there is always, the Doctor said it was a Brown Recluse. That's wonderful, is his Doctorate in Arachnology. If the Spider is not captured at the time the "alleged" bite occurs and properly identified by a trained Arachnologist, then there is no way to properly diagnose it as a Brown Recluse bite.

There are many other skin irritations that cause similar type wounds.

Just remember if you are not in the shaded area, you don't need to worry about Brown recluses.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:26 AM   #2
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I know a guy, swears he was bit by a brown recluse. Still has necrotic episodes 5 years later. 5 miles outside of Wasilla. Have heard other reports of them up here. I'd be tickled spitless if I could be certain you were right and they were just bit by a sasquatch or something.
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I know Shihan knows his bugs. I don't worry about spiders but I don't live in the shaded area.
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Thanks for the info. Brown recluse's are popular in my area and i can't stand them.
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Unless they hitch a ride in lumber or packages shipped from those areas.
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my grandmother was 71 when she was bit by one. took a year of treatment for the wond to heal. the doctor sent the squishie to ut in austin for a positive ID to help treatment. it was a recluse. at her age and bad health she was lucky to live.
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Your shaded area needs to be expanded a bit to the northeast. I hope someone told the spiders about the shaded area because they aren't listening intently.
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Years ago when I was a teen a cousin of ours slept out on our enclosed deck. When she woke up in the morning the right side of her face was swollen, real bad. Her eye was shut, her mouth looked like she took a left hook from Mike Tyson and her looked like some sort of throbbing cabbage patch. She had been bitten by what we assumed to be a spider right behind the ear lobe. I couldn't for the life of me stop laughing at her ... even now as I type this it brings me a chuckle
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OK, so what is the difference between a Brown Recluse and a Violin Spider?
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Funny thing is they have been found in wood sheds up here.
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