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Old 01-09-2005, 12:37 PM
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ARACHNID!

I found this guy in a shed and suspect that he may be "dangerous" (Blown Recluse?)...
There must be BUG "expert" out there who can help me ID this critter?!
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Old 01-09-2005, 12:44 PM
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Pete,

Terminix has a pretty good page on identifying pests. I would agree that it is a brown recluse based on the marking on the abdomen.

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Old 01-09-2005, 04:49 PM
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Hey Pete, are they good eatin'?

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Old 01-09-2005, 06:16 PM
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I did my share of tastey/crunchy rice bugs in Thailand...
...texture is everything! Less philling...Tastes great!

Gimme' fresh dead bait ANYTIME!
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:02 PM
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Pete -

You got me curious so I looked it up. I am pretty sure that is not a brown recluse. The BR has a solid brown unmarked abdomen but is has a light colored thorax (segment where the legs join) with a distinct violin marking with the frets to the rear.

Nasty venom! Here is a picture of the effect AFTER TWO YEARS...

Really horrible picture of a bite wound after two years of healing

General information on this dangerous spider: HERE
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Old 01-09-2005, 07:59 PM
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Pete, I have no clue what it is, but I do know that John Morin can tie a replica to be placed on your nightstand
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Old 01-09-2005, 08:11 PM
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ECHHH!!!

Goodness.... that is not a pretty (whatever it is)..

However, I wouldn't mind having a few to try next season!!

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Old 01-09-2005, 08:52 PM
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Hey now this is a fly fishing board. Let's get back on track here. Like Ron said - Can you tie one?
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Old 01-09-2005, 09:19 PM
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I am not sure, but I thought a Brown recluse was a very light brown and much "skinnier". Thought it was Black widow at first blush..but it is clearly not that.
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Old 01-09-2005, 10:12 PM
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Fiddel back...........

Looks like a fiddle back or Brown recluse which are the same thing.
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Old 01-09-2005, 10:31 PM
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totally harmless, don't let the fangs and dripping venom scare you, it's all a bluff.

i'd still smash him with a hammer, here is a pic of one.(brown recluse)
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Old 01-10-2005, 12:11 AM
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BUG DOCTOR HERE....

This likely is a variation of Latrodectus Variolus, or Northern Widow. This species is found from Southeastern Canada, throughout New England and south to Northern Florida. You will note the "Broken" hourglass patch on the abdomen common to this species in it's Northern realm.
Recluse Spiders, genus Loxosceles, are Sicariidae or "Six eyed" spiders. There are at least 56 species in the Americas, with 11 indigenous species in the United States.
The Brown Recluse is found in the Mid-West and parts of the South, specificaly Southern Wisconsin East to Ohio ans South to Florida and Texas. A "Violin" shape on any spider can not by itself identify the species, as many show variations of THIS mark.

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Old 01-10-2005, 10:01 AM
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One of my first real jobs as a youngster entering the work force was in the produce department of a supermarket. One day I was stocking bananas which usually meant hauling out 4-5 cases on a 2 wheeler and putting them up on the display as fast as humanly possible so the boss wouldn't get on your case. We all know bananas are imported from a climate conducive to the growth of very large bugs. One day I’m out stocking the shelves and the bananas were flying off the display, must have been a sale. So I’m busting my butt, open the box put ‘em on the shelf, open the box put ‘em on the shelf, open the box…. Holy $h!t – the was a spider the size of a mans hand on top of the bananas. I did not take any pictures to determine if it was an endangered species for I knew it was endangered as soon as I laid eyes on it. I covered the box, wheeled it out back and threw the whole box in the industrial compacter. The giant smoothie that oozed out of the machine did not make the boss very happy but I sure felt better. From that day on I was very careful with the bananas. The boss being the scholar that he was told me it was a banana spider. I still don’t know what the heck it was but isn’t it funny how these eight legged creatures create such an instance sense of danger.
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Old 01-10-2005, 10:48 AM
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Google........

Interesting I did a Google and got several hits claiming that the Brown Recluse and the Fiddelback were thee same species.
I had a friend in SE Alaska who was close to having here arm amputated because she had been bitten by a Brown Recluse right in her own home. Maybe she ate Banana's!!!
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Don't care. I HATE spiders. When ever I here the cry " Daaaaaad! There's a spider in the house!!!!" I roll up a news paper, hand it to my wife, and send her off with a well intentioned " Go get 'em killer."
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