Brown Recluse Spiders
NOTE: Photos courtesy of Dr. Ken
Cramer of Monmouth College
This is Trachelas.
Note the reddish-brown forelegs and dark, shiny cephalothorax:
This is Herpyllus, the Parson's
spider. Black body with typical white markings, and large,
easily visible spinnerets (at back of abdomen).
This is a Funnel-web Spider.
Note the spines and hairs on the legs, the long, noticeably elongate
spinnerets, and stripes or other markings on the body as well as
This is Cheiracanthium.
Pale, yellow or even greenish tint, and black "feet" distinguish
This very large, fast, and hairy
spider is a Wolf Spider. Although this specimen
has an almost two-inch leg span, others wolf spiders are smaller.
Hairiness and large visible eyes tell you this is no recluse!