Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What Is This???!!!

Help! I found this next to my baby, on his blanket to be exact. I don't know if it bit him or not, but I'm having a lot of trouble identifying it. The pictures are about as close as I'm going to get, so I'll add a description. Any help in identifying this thing would be great.

My best description of this thing is that it's body is a gray color with a little dark stripe down the middle of the back, the head looks pretty much black to me (and I'm not about to get closer to find out), and the legs are darker red in the front, and as they go back they get a bit lighter.


Silent E said...

Not sure. I did some checking and found that the only dangerous spiders in WI are the Brown Recluse, Black Widow and the least dangerous of the 3 is the SAC Spider. Your spider is non of these. There are over 1100 spider species in WI so I think this is probably just some kind of house spider or outdoor hunting spider trying to stay warm....

MommaBlogger said...

I don't know, we're starting to think it could be a young brown recluse. All the pictures we're finding, and the more we study this thing, it looks a lot like one. I'm going to do some more research today and see if I can find someone to identify it.

My mom recently visited us from Kansas, where there are plenty of brown recluses, so it's possible one hitched a ride with her. We're still not positive one way or the other though.

Thankfully, it doesn't look like the baby got bitten, so whatever it was just happened to be near him.

Sonya said...

Not sure what kind it is but any kind of spider scares the daylights out of me!