I have spiders in my house that may be Brown
Recluse. I've been trying to identify myself,
but really need a high powered microscope to see
the 6-paired eyes and markings. Can you identify
in your lab? If not, do you know where I could
take these to be identified? Any assistance would
be appreciated! Patty Leis
I don't think that you need to be so fastidious
about counting eye spots, though that is a good
way to identify them. The violin shape on the
cephalothorax (under part, near head) is pretty
distinct and is very diagnostic of this species.
If you sees that pattern, then you have a brown
recluse. The large pedipalps (bulbous things near
the head) and jaws are clear too. There are many
good websites for photos.I particularly like spiders. I
hope this helps... and you should be sure
they're dead before you mess with them!!
Where the person lives is a good clue. I'm pretty
sure brown recluses only live in the midwest;
there are extremely few in california, and those
are only in the LA area (even though plenty of
people will tell stories of brown recluses in
their basements). There are 'violin spiders'
(related to recluses) in other places, but they
aren't really dangerous.I hope this helps.