Brown Recluse Spider

Loxosceles reclusa

This potentially dangerous spider is in fact quite shy (a real recluse) and normally bites humans only when accidentally trapped against the skin. It often bears a fiddle-like marking, but is best identified by its characteristic eye pattern (three paired lens). Unfortunately, many similar beneficial spiders are mistakenly killed.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
life expectancyLife Expectancy: More than 1 year
ecological roleEcological Role: Predator
habitatHabitat: Dry areas
dietDiet: Small insects