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.