Name: Many believe that the black markings on the spider resemble a violin, which is the cause of it’s nickname, violin spider.
Location: Brown recluse are native to the United States and are found in central Midwestern states. They are especially common in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.
Size: ¼- ½ inch in length
Eyes: The major identification method is an examination of the eyes of the brown recluse: the species only have six eyes while most spiders have eight eyes.
Brown Recluse Spider Behavior
The natural habitat of the brown recluse spider is outdoors in undisturbed areas, such as under rocks or inside hollow trees. As the name of the spider suggests, it sometimes hides away in homes in search of insects to feed upon. Because the spiders are nocturnal, they are attracted to lights in homes that also attract their food source. Once inside a home, the brown recluse has little interest in humans and will only bite if it is threatened.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.
North Carolina is home to dozens of species of spiders. While most species of spiders are relatively harmless, two poisonous species are common in the Tar Heel state, the black widow and the brown recluse spider.