For the etymologists...y'know, the insect guys...

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  1. Bryan

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    There's two of 'em here, hopefully they'll see this.

    So my (close, close) friend has a spider in her bathroom that's she's concerned is a brown recluse, which I think is native to our area (Georgia).

    Can you confirm or deny this?

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    Thanks much, SQ.
     
  2. pscoop

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    I'd say squash it anyways. But I don't like spiders.
     
  3. awful_gollum

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    That's one cool looking brown spider!
     
  4. soundwave86

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    It looks very much like a brown recluse. Better be careful.
     
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    It's entomologist actually.

    And that does looks like a brown recluse to me. But I can't be sure from those shots. If you look at it from above the surest way to know is if it looks like it has a violin shaped mark on it.
     
  6. Jarodimus

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    The info I find with a quick search says that their normal territory does include NW Georgia.

    And definitely look for the fiddle on the head/thorax.

    Also this, unless you're looking for word origin experts. :p 

    A good pic from Wikipedia:
     

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    Body shape, check...

    Coloration, check...

    That being said, I was bit by one once and had a VERY nasty reaction. Thankfully the hemotoxin didn't have an opportunity to do much tissue damage. A friend of mine who was bit by one didn't fare as well and had some nasty scar tissue as a result.
     
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    And entomologists study insects, not arachnids.
     
  9. Bryan

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    Yeah, I'm a dummy.

    But a dummy who still knows big words. :p 

    She looked at a bunch of other pictures already, I was hoping Devastator001 or Triformis could confirm absolutely one way or the other.
     
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  10. Bryan

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    Thanks for your contribution, boss. Really valuable info, there.

    I'm pretty sure that the term is, incorrectly or not, typically expanded to include scientists who study arachnids.

    But seriously, thanks.
     
  11. trump

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    I squish most spiders I see, regardless of venom content. I do let web-builders go unscathed, if they're outdoors, because their webs look nice.

    It looks close enough to me, but I'm not an expert on these things.
     
  12. Jarodimus

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    If you're a dummy, the rest of us are hosed.

    And yeah, I figured you'd done the Wikipedia/Google Image Search thang already, but that pic showed the violin really well.

    So did you see this critter in-person? Did it have the fiddle?
     
  13. Bryan

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    Naw, I haven't yet. I'm pretty anti-killing anything at all, so if I do, I'll most likely scoop it and release it (far away) outside. But if it's definitely a recluse, I might feel obligated to kill it on account of living in an urban area.

    I'd feel like shit about it, but I mean, I can't have it hurting somebody's dog or sumpin', y'know?
     
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    That's a brown recluse. I'd kill it....but that's just me. I hate spiders.
     
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    Hesus Rice! I knew I'd regret opening this thread. The pictures have made my skin all crawly.

    Spiders... *shudder*
     
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    appease it with offerings of curd and whey and pray the spider gods spare you.

    that or kill it with fire.
     
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    Entomolgy/ Entomologist/ forensic entomology :D 

    I don't kill insects or spiders.

    Spiders are beneficial, they help maintain insect population.

    Spiders are arachnids (and not insects); they are related to scorpions and ticks. Spiders


    Myth: Spiders are insects.
     
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    This thread makes me glad I live in the UK.
     
  19. eyeballkid

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    I like spiders, like already stated, they eat insects. But if I ever see a Black Widow, or a Recluse, they will be caught and tortured. I would probably put them in a jar and just shake it violently, laughing.
     
  20. alphie

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    Yeah, I say that is a brown recluse. Seen enough of them in my house to know just by a quick glance. :lol 
     

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