Received a birthday kiss this morning from a spider

Posted By on May 7, 2009

brownrecluseinhotelWhile out of town this week at one of my regular hotels, I noticed a speedy brown spider about the size of a nickel in my room at night, perhaps the Brown Recluse –Loxosceles reclusa (photo right). I tried to catch him, but he was evasive and when behind one of the screwed down pictures on the wall. There is an excellent website detailing information on Ohio spiders … particularly biting spiders and I sent them an email to see if I’m off base. (

Unfortunately he didn’t stay there when I went to bed and decided to give me a ‘kiss.’ (Palm Treo 700p cellphone photo below) I’m hoping that the poison isn’t all that infectious since some of the photos of bites are pretty nasty — don’t look if you are squeamish — and whatever you do, don’t watch the video!

Spider bite


  • jimbreen

    Nasty. You need to get to the doctor.

  • Gary

    Good morning Rich, a very happy belated birthday! All the best, Gary, Lynne, Bryant & Alex

  • Tommy

    I agree with Jim after seeing those photos from others! Go get it looked at.

    By the way I enjoy your blog and check it out every day. Even click on the ads at the bottom to keep you encouraged to post regularly. Do you make much money?

  • Jimbo Reilly

    This is a nasty spider bite I hope you are seeking medical attention. Thanks for posting the photo but would like to hear a follow up as to what the docs prescribed.

  • Katelyn

    sooooo yesterday I learned about the two spider bites you seek IMMEDIATE medical attn : black widow and brown recluse….so I am thinking your dx of a brown recluse may be a little off since your arm didn’t EAT itself (I am glad since I told you it would be fine….if not it would be my FIRST MALPRACTICE suit :P) Love you!

  • You’ll be hearing from my lawyer … 😉

    Follow up on my ‘spider bite’ — All is well as the swelling has slowly disappeared and the only thing left is a sore hard spot on my arm about 3/8″ in diameter.

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