Spider ID Help
Location: Duval County, NE Florida
April 18, 2012 11:58 am
This spider is outside our front door, no longer alive due to natural causes. We have found a number of these around our home, both inside and outside, and are afraid they may be brown recluses. As we have both kids and dogs in our home, we really need to know.
The FL Dept. of Agriculture website isn’t really clear on how to tell the difference between recluses and huntsman spiders, and we don’t want to go around killing things without knowing if they are a threat. Please help!
Your spider is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, an introduced species that is a nocturnal hunter that feeds on cockroaches. Those long fangs or chelicerae are used by the female to carry her egg sac about. See this BugGuide image. Brown Recluse Spiders are much smaller.