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The Brown Recluse Spider
Xing Ping Hu, Faith M. Oi, Gary R. Mullen
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Publication Date: 04/10/2008

People are often afraid of spiders because of their ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing victims. In fact, most spiders do not have mouthparts strong enough to penetrate skin. Spiders are considered beneficial arthropods because they often prey on insects that we consider nuisances. Homeowners should leave spiders alone if the spiders are in their natural habitat such as the yard or garden. However, the brown recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, is an exception.