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where fear and passion collide
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where fear and passion collide

Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a creepy-crawler fan. In fact, anyone who knows me, knows I reach for my inhaler when one of those creepy-crawlies starts creeping and crawling.

This will be a short and to the point post because the creepy-factor is off the scale. WAY off the scale.

Daughter is cleaning her room today – that fact alone deserves its own post. Don't make me come over there!

Problem is, that room so rarely gets deep cleaned because of all the ‘stuff’ in there, that today we’ve found a very strange and scary-looking spider.

Okay… to me, they’re all scary looking, but… well… if you’re game, have a gander at these pictures and tell me if they don’t send shivers of disgust scurrying down your spine…

Oh… and if you happen to know what kind of spider this is – and whether it’s one to fear – give me a shout-out, ‘kay? 


Captured Spider - what is it
WHAT IS IT 2     What is it

Yes, that’s the same spider. I can’t believe I did this, but I actually put the camera on macro then used hubby’s photographer’s loop to get an even closer closeup shot. I really need my inhaler now…



UPDATE: We didn’t find other spiders in the room, fortunately, and this one’s photo will travel to exterminaters for examination. But, meanwhile, to put fears to rest and to help y’all identify an actual brown recluse spider – from which you want to stay far, far away – here’s a photo of one:

Brown Recluse Spider - Public Domain Image

Notice the top portion of the body – I know, I know, you don’t want to look that close. I don’t blame you, but do it here with a picture so the next time you see a brown spider, you’ll know exactly what to look for.

On the top portion of the body, where the legs come from, there is a darker marking. Look closely at it. The dark part is shaped like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the spider’s lower body. It’s almost like s/he’s got it slung over his shoulder to be carried on his back.

Cool once you know what to look for. Cool because it means chances are, that’s not what you have. Releif… it’s not what we had.


Public domainThe brown recluse spider image is a work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, taken or made as part of an employee’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.