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Brown spider
Brown spider  
Hi Walter,

This spider was running across the floor in the basement.  What is it?

thanks,
Jon

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Hi Jon
Identifying spiders requires observing details like eye patterns and body shape. This spider is kind of messed up but from the color and the fact that is was running in the basement I am confident that this was a wolf spider

Cincinnati is just on the border of the Northern range of the recluse and is rarely found there. Also the severity of the recluse bite has been greatly exaggerated. Most bites heal without problems.  

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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Momentum Magazine The Ohio Journal of Science

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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