Arachnology: Scavenging by brown recluse spiders

@article{Sandidge2003ArachnologySB,
  title={Arachnology: Scavenging by brown recluse spiders},
  author={Jamel S. Sandidge},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={426},
  pages={30-30}
}
The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is a threat to humans and establishes huge populations in urban habitats throughout central North America — more than 2,000 of these spiders were recorded in a single house in Kansas. What do these spiders eat in order to build and maintain such numbers? Here I combine laboratory prey-choice experiments with observations of the behaviour of L. reclusa in houses to show that this spider prefers dead, scavenged prey over live prey. This finding may… Expand

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