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← Brown Recluse, or not?
Definitely not a brown recluse.
She looks like a young European Garden spider, Araneus diadematus that has recently molted. http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/spike182/CreepyCat018.jpg
Normally they are a bit darker orangey brown. They are widespread in NA and perfectly harmless….unless you’re a fly.
Araneus are orb weavers. “diadematus” means “wearing a crown” and refers to the jewel-like line of white marks on the spider’s dorsal “abdomen” (opistosoma). Orb weavers hang vertically in their webs.
Brown Recluse Loxosceles reclusa is not native to Maine and it would be uncommon to find one here. They live in the central midwest and south. Occasionally brown recluses may arrive in shipping containers outside of their range, but they rarely create populations in homes outside of their range. They are not very pretty spiders, just brown with few markings, except for a dark violin mark on their “cephalothorax” (prosoma).
Brown Recluse spiders do not hang vertically. They live on the ground or floor and construct messy webs in corners, not pretty orb webs.
Here is some good information from Ohio State on brown recluse: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2061.html
Hope this helps,
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