recluse or not

Asked July 8, 2020, 2:41 PM EDT

Is this a recluse

Bond County Illinois

1 Response

Good afternoon,

I am unable to determine if it is a recluse or not. From the picture it looks like it has a violin pattern on it but multiple species can have this pattern. https://www.burkemuseum.org/static/spidermyth/myths/fiddleback.html

For a positive ID, look at the eyes. Recluse spiders will have 3 groups of two eyes in a semi-circle pattern. https://spiders.ucr.edu/how-identify-and-misidentify-brown-recluse-spider
http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pcreclusespiders.htm

If you need any assistance with looking at the eye pattern, please send me an in focus photo and I would be happy to help.