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.
Did you Know?
The brown recluse spider is nicknamed the fiddleback or violin spider because of the distinctive dark violin-shaped marking on top of the body.