FFAC "The Cleopatra Project" Art Catalogue August 7 2022

Brown recluse spider Loxosceles reclusa

About that spider with a violin atop, a tip. No fiddlin’!

Brown recluse spiders are light brown with a characteristic dark brown violin-shaped marking on the upper anterior area. While most spiders have eight eyes, brown recluses have six. Venom causes cell death, or necrosis, immediately surrounding the bite. For most people, the bite heals within a few days or weeks. Occasionally, reactions become more severe, with skin-reddening and blistering, sometimes leading to discoloration, and ultimately a wound with necrotic tissue and scarring. Brown recluses inhabit dark, cluttered and undisturbed areas. Although not native to Virginia, accidental introductions of these spiders may occur through transportation of items from areas where native populations exist.

Sue Linthicum Brown Recluse Spider Acrylic 12 x 12 $350


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