I got it.
This is a brown recluse we found - you guessed it - in our house! Sorry the picture is not more clear - it was crawling across the floor and I was trying to get a picture, all the while concerned that it might suddenly jump up on me!
Do you see the little violin on his back? The base of the violin is at the base of his neck, while the neck of the violin is pointing toward the abdomen.
Some interesting facts about the brown recluse are:
A native of the US, brown recluse spiders are predominately found in the central midwestern states south toward the Gulf of Mexico. However, they travel well in packed boxes, so they can be found anywhere.
They love to reside in homes. All they need is one inch of space. Unlike most spiders, its web is not for catching prey, but only for laying eggs.
For food, the brown recluse travels at night, searching for its favorite prey - dead insects.
They have three pair of eyes!
I have known people that have been bitten by a brown recluse, and one woman almost lost her entire leg due to its bite. If you get bit, please get medical attention immediately. You can click HERE if you would like more information.
The next time a brown recluse spider comes along, I'll be able to spot that violin on its back. Have you ever seen a brown recluse?