I like insects. And I really like spiders. They are just so mysterious and amazingly well adapted to survive. In North America, one of the most feared spidersĀ is the brown recluse. Much of their reputation is not deserved, however, and they get blamedĀ all the time for damage they did not cause. Ā (80% misdiagnosed, apparently).

Indeed, they hate to bite anyone. In 2001, overĀ 2,000 brown recluse spiders were removed from a Kansas home, yet the four who lived there were never bit. Wow.

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse spider on leaf litter, Dolan Falls Preserve, Devils River, Texas. Canon 1Ds Mark III. 100mm macro. ISO 400. f/18 @ 1/5 second.