Brown Recluse spider on the Web

A friend of mine (Les) found a spider in his bath tub and gave it to me in a little Aspirin bottle. He said he sprayed it with something and assured me that the spider had not moved for hours. Les knew that I had some expertise in macro (close-up) photography and asked if I would take a few close-up pictures of his little (recently deceased) house guest.

He said it might be a Brown Recluse? I told him I would take some pictures and do a little research to determine the name of his little uninvited house guest.

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

                       Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Spider on my finger (for scale)

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)
Brown Recluse (Loxosceles reclusa)

The multiple dark round areas on the head are eyes.
Spiders have 4 to 8 eyes depending on the species.

Picture of another Brown Recluse on the Web
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The uninvited house guest is a Brown Recluse.
Scientific name: Loxosceles reclusa Gertsch & Mulaik 1940

The Brown Recluse is one two species of poisonous spiders in
Missouri. The Brown Recluse's partner in crime is the Black Widow.
Scientific name: Latrodectus mactans

It is not a rare experience to find an insect or a spider
in a bath tub. They are not interested in taking a shower ...
just thirsty!

Les said he killed this spider by spraying it with something.
It doesn't look dead to me ... I'm giving it back to Les !!!

Les ... I can't come over this weekend for the Bar-B-Q
ahh ahh ahh ... something came up!  I'll come over
AFTER the "bug man" sprays your house !!

Barry Sutton

Paleontology and Geology of Missouri (no spiders)

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Barry G. Sutton

Original archive date: September 2005
Internet release date:  August 11, 2008

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