BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS
Body size is 3/8 inch long and 3/16 inches wide. Leg span is about the size of a quarter. Color can very from light tan to dark brown and have a velvety appearance due to the fine hairs on the spider. Best know for the violin shape marking on the cephalothorax.
Prefer dark secluded areas away from activity. Mostly travel for hunting or reproduction. The Brown Recluse is not an aggressive spider but most bites occur during accidental contact. They may survive up to 6 month without food or water. Not commonly found in Wisconsin.
Egg laying generally occurs May through July, females produce an egg sac of 50 eggs and can produce multiple egg sacs over a period of several months. Brown recluse will reach maturity in roughly one year and will live as an adult 1 to 2 years.