Brown Recluse Spiders: 15 Facts and Information

Brown Recluse Spiders: 15 Facts and Information

Brown recluse spiders are a potential danger to humans, especially people who have a weakened immune system, are elderly or are children. Rumors suggest that the brown recluse has now made its way into California, but is it true?

We’re going to debunk the rumors and learn a lot more about the characteristics, habits and facts behind the brown recluse.

Basic Information About the Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse spiders have very distinct colors, and patterns and they can be a sort of dull yellow color to dark brown in color. You’ll find that the younger spiders will have a lighter color than the adults. And when you view the brown recluse spider up close, you’ll find that it has a dark violin pattern on the dorsum.

  1. Body Structure and Size

Coloring is only a small part of what makes up this spider’s body. The abdomen is clear of any spots or strips, and when they reach adulthood, brown recluse spiders can have a 6 mm to 11 mm body length.

While pictures make these spiders look huge, they’re often no larger than a quarter. With that said, they also have fine short hairs.

You’ll often find a brown recluse expert calling these spiders “fiddle-back spiders, brown fiddler or violin spider.”

Why?  Well, if you have the chance to see the dorsum of this spider, you’ll notice it has a violin-like pattern. This pattern is the easiest way to distinguish a brown recluse spider from another spider, but you’ll also need to pay attention to another characteristic:

Eye patterns for these creepy crawlers is essential when trying to identify them. The brown recluse spider has six eyes arranged in pairs. This is different from most spiders, which have eight eyes.

If you see the six eyes and a violin marking on the spider, there’s a good chance that it’s a brown recluse spider that you’re dealing with. These spiders also have fine hairs along their bodies. Spitting spiders also have six eyes, but they lack the distinctive violin shape that the brown recluse has.

  1. Habits, Behavior and Diet

You won’t find many brown recluse spiders running into the light and trying to be seen. The brown recluse thrives in dark, sheltered areas. Shelter is a key important thing for any sp Rotting tree bark

Woodpiles and sheds



When you see a brown recluse, you’ll often notice that they’re disorganized by nature and have a tendency to build their webs near ground level. This spider’s web isn’t meant to catch food, so they don’t need to spin their webs in strategic locations.

This spider will roam around to hunt their prey before going in for the kill.

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