Now, for the sake of Scientific Accuracy...is the Recluse a native to North America? I've really no idea.No.
L. mactans (Black Widow) nails you with a neurotixon. Nasty, but the Brown Recluse is armed with a necrotic toxin. What it can do to a finger or other appendage is horrible.
I'd rather take a widow bite.
Right, as Venom said, without any treatment. Just because it is highly treatable, doesn't make the venom any less toxic.I know that there are some old data showing 4-5% death from black widow bites.
However, given the fact that there hasnt been a documented widow bite fatality in the US in over 20 years ........
Not saying it couldnt still happen - but the death rate from widow bites in a country wih available antivenom doesnt even approach 5%
Nice completely pointless thread necromancy/fluff post that is completely irrelevant.
How exactly did you determine the bite you received to be from a recluse? If I am wrong, forgive me, but assuming you live in California you did not get bitten by a wild recluse* in California.I think its a 50/50 between widow and recluse. I have never been bit by a widow, and I hope I never do; but I have been bit by a recluse and it was not fun at all. Still have a $.25-$.50 piece scar from the little bas****!
LOL.. yep :worship:Man I can't stand this stuff. This is like trying to decide which car is faster- a Mercedes McLaren SLR or a McLaren F1. They both get well above 200mph, one has faster accel and the other has faster top speed, so what are we even talking about?
I would rather not be bitten by either, either can <screw> you up, and lets not forget that death is not always the worst outcome. The difference is that if you actually made a recluse bite you once there is a strong chance you would not have any issues at all from the venom. However, if you made a Latrodectus bite you once, there is a very slim chance you would have no ill-effects from the bite. I haven't seen the most recent LD50 values for either of these spiders, which would give us the best answer as to which is the most venomous dose standardized.
Avoid bites from both (not saying don't interact with them, just be vigilant when doing so...)