Loxosceles reclusa

KUJordan

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One of the many residents my wife and I share our condo with. I thought it looked like a nice specimen, so I decided to try my photo-stitching panoramic technique to get a nice full body closeup of one of these gals. True legspan is about 1". Ahhh, what a wonder 5 minutes in the refrigerator will do!:

 

Moltar

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nice job. and you're right, that is a good-lookin loxo.
Wow, it really is nice looking. This is the first time i've ever looked at a photo of a recluse and thought "That thing looks cool". I've never noticed the red joints or the more subtle carapace markings before.
 

cacoseraph

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yeah, why are the joints red? i've not seen that before. i just assumed something was reflecting red light onto the spider :)


well, ok, secretly i was hoping it was a L. rufescens =P
 

KUJordan

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As far as the red joints go, this girl was a freshly molted female, so part of it could have been that, more pink than anything.

Otherwise it was probably the blood-red walls of the room I was shooting her in reflecting off the membranes of her joints. But certainly plane ole' jane ole' brown recluse from Lawrence, KS...nothing special.
 

cacoseraph

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ah

i bet the fresh molted translucency combined with the super red walls. it's a kinda neat practical effect
 

greengloblin

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This is an excellent picture. I've been looking for pictures to use in a safety training presesntation about spider awareness. May I use your photo?
 

Vespula

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She's very nice! I've got a recluse that's been my pet for a few months. They're awesome!
 

jess578

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Hey! A fellow recluse parent!

What do you keep them in and how do you care for it etc?

I am basically winging it with mine, as everything I looked up on care and habitat for them was how to "take care of" them if you know what I mean. I keep him in a decent sized jar with a layer of peat moss and lots of rocks for him to hide in and such. I mist it and throw some baby crickets in there, and so far he's been eating and has quite a nice little web built for himself to hide in.

All my friends think I'm completely insane. Any tips on that?

It's been about 4 months so I must be doing something right, but wonder if you have any pointers?

Here he is:


his home:


him eating:


and his web:
 

loxoscelesfear

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They don't require much. I would say your spider is spoiled! I would be somewhat nervous of the rocks shifting or the jar getting bumped resulting in a squished spider. Excellent pics.
 
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