Range (in red) of the brown recluse spider
Range (in red) of the brown recluse spider
 
 
Brown recluse spider
Brown recluse spider
 
 
Brown recluse spider body
Brown recluse spider body
 
 
The violin shape (outlined in yellow) on the spider's back
The violin shape (outlined in yellow) on the spider's back
 
 
The brown recluse spider has three pairs <br>of eyes (total of six).
The brown recluse spider has three pairs
of eyes (total of six).
 
 
The size of a brown recluse spider <br>next to a quarter
The size of a brown recluse spider
next to a quarter
 
 
Underside of a brown recluse spider
Underside of a brown recluse spider
 
 Brown Recluse Spider
Topic(s):   Desert Life, Forest Animals, Grassland Animals, Invertebrates, Savanna Animals, Spiders, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal invertebrate; arachnid (spider)
Biome(s) desert, savanna, grassland, forest,
Habitat dark, dry areas in forests, woodlands, farmlands, cities
Diet cockroaches, crickets, other spiders, dead insects
Poisonous yes to people; yes to small animals
Life span 4 to 5 years
Migrates no
Hibernates yes (living outdoors); no (living inside)
Type of Web cobweb
Predators cats, wolf spiders, crab spiders, wasps, birds
Endangered no

The brown recluse spider is brown. It is also a recluse. Recluse means it is shy and likes to hide away. It is found in the south and central regions of the United States.

Most spiders have eight eyes. This spider has only six eyes. The brown recluse spider is sometimes called the violin spider. It has a mark that looks like a violin. This spiderís body and legs are covered with tiny hairs. The female is larger in size. Yet the male has longer legs.

The female spider lays her eggs from May to July. She lays about 150 eggs each year. The eggs are placed in a special sac. After a month, the eggs hatch. The spiderlings come out the sac. It takes about a year for a baby spider to grow to an adult.

The brown recluse spider likes to live in dark, out of the way places. This spider hides under things and in dark corners. It may come inside buildings to be warm. It is often found in basements and attics.

The brown recluse spins a messy looking web. It does not use the web to catch food. It uses the web as its home. The brown recluse is a hunting spider. It looks for food at night. A brown recluse spider can live without food or water for six months.

This spider will only bite if you disturb it by accident. Its bite can be serious.

Resource information

Brown recluse spider. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef631

Brown Recluse Spider. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.livescience.com/39996-brown-recluse-spiders.html

Brown Recluse Spiders. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/spiders/brown-recluse-spiders/

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