Brown Recluse Spider
Brown recluse spiders get their official name due to their reclusive behavior, but their nickname -- the fiddleback, or violin spider -- more accurately represents the arachnid’s appearance.
These spiders are found throughout the United States, and can be identified by their coloring, which is brown with lighter whitish or yellow markings. They have eight legs, and can range in size from ¼” to 1 ⅜” depending on their sex and age.
Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders have shiny black bodies and are recognizable by the red hourglass shape on their large abdomen. They range from 1 ½” to 1 ⅜” in length, with 6 legs.