December 20, 2014

Black Widow vs. Brown Recluse Spider in Pictures

Black Widow Spider (left) and Brown Recluse Spider (right).
One of the dangers of a black widow spider bite is its effects on the nervous system.
Victims can suffer various symptoms from a black widow bite.
The brown recluse venom is extremely poisonous, even more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
Symptoms for a brown recluse bite usually develop two to eight hours after a bite.
The black widow name is derived from the mistaken belief that the female invariably kills the male after mating.
The southern black widow spider is characterized by its distinctive red hour glass marking.
The northern black widow spider is recognized by its row of red spots (upper surface) and two crosswise bars (undersurface).
Brown recluse spiders are native to the Midwestern and Southeastern states.
Non-brown recluse spider.
Brown recluse spiders are notable for their characteristic violin pattern on the back.
Male and female black widow spiders with egg sac.
Brown Recluse Spider.
The initial bite of a black widow spider may only show a minimal local reaction.
Example of a back widow spider bite several hours (left) to several days later (right).






Please Note:



The following 6 slides contain severe case images. If you are sensitive to images of this nature you can skip these slides by clicking on the link below.



Click here to skip ahead

Example of a brown recluse spider bite three days after the bite.
Example of a brown recluse spider bite nine days after the bite.
Example of a brown recluse spider bite 9 days after the bite.
Example of a brown recluse spider bite 38 days after the bite.
Example of a brown recluse spider bite 10 months after the bite.
Seek emergency medical care for serious reactions to black widow spider bites.
Hot baths are helpful after a black widow bite because the pain is due primarily to muscle spasm.
Brown recluse bite victims should seek medical care the same day.
Home first aid care is simple for a brown recluse bite but should not replace a visit to a doctor or emergency department.
Black widow spider and brown recluse spider.

More Slideshows from RxList

Advertisement

 

Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP on Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Spiders Slideshow: Black Widow vs Brown Recluse

Sources: Sources

This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information: Disclaimer