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Old Apr 12, 2006, 6:21 PM   #1
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Old Apr 12, 2006, 10:48 PM   #2
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Excellent shot.

I wouldn't be happy knowing those things are around. I hope you stepped on it after the photo op was over. Bites from those things are terrible.

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Old Apr 12, 2006, 11:12 PM   #3
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Very good shot indeed from a very potent spider and when it bites as some may know it eats at the flesh until there is nothing left almost. One of my wifes co workers got bit and man was that terrible heres what it can do....WARNING VERY GRAPHIC

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 12:12 AM   #4
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i don't think that's a brown recluse. they aren't that hairy, and they don't have red legs. here's what a recluse looks like...


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 6:53 AM   #5
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Very nice photo, but I don't believe that it is a Brown Recluse. The Brown Recluse has 3 sets of 2 eyes ...most spiders have 8 eyes. I don't think the Recluse is as hairy as the one in your photo. Well done photo though. Woody
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 4:46 PM   #6
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Maybe not, Im certainly not an entomologist!

Thank you all for your comments!
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Correct, the top picture is not a Recluse....this is I have enough of them in my yard at times.

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Old Apr 14, 2006, 4:49 PM   #8
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I forwarded the shot toan entomologist after your posts and he confirms it is not, mainly due to the eye pairs, he says his best guess is an Orb-Weaving Spider (family). (im in southern calif USA high desert area)

Dont know if he knows better but he is with a local college, if anybody, knows better, please let me know!

Thanks for your kind words, non the less!
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 7:15 PM   #9
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Species id aside, a great shot.
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 8:05 PM   #10
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brown recluse spiders are almost never found west of the Rockies or north of Oklahoma or Missouri, unless they've hitched a ride somehow. they arenative to the south central part of the country, and there aren't any established populations outside of that region, at least according to the UW entymology website.
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