Friday, October 21, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 123: Brown Recluse Spiders with Rick Vetter


Today on Arthro-Pod, the gang meets up with Dr. Rick Vetter of UC Riverside to bring you buckets of info on the brown recluse spider. This species of arachnid seems to inspire the most fear of all our eight legged friends. Tune in to hear all about their biology, why they seem to do well living in our homes, and some facts about their venom and bite. Maybe after hearing what we have to say, you'll see these spiders in a slightly different light!

The "face" of a brown recluse spider, Jody Green Nebraska Extension

If you have an interest in learning more about brown recluse spiders, we highly encourage you to buy and read Rick's book which can be found at these links:

Cornell Press


The famous "fiddle" on the top of a brown recluse spider. Lisa Ames, University of Georgia, 

Show notes

Rick Vetter's website

The known range of brown recluse spider establishment. 

Brown recluse spiders on a glue board trap, Jody Green Nebraska Extension

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Beginning/ending theme: "There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0