• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Opening Arguments

A tangled web

The legend of the deadly brown recluse spider grows, courtesy of several news organizations, including The Associated Press:

A coroner says a 42-year-old Evansville man may have died from a bite from a brown recluse spider.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves told the Evansville Courier & Press that Keith E. Reed was found dead at his home Monday with a bite on his leg consistent with that of a brown recluse. The spider bite was listed as a preliminary cause of death pending tests.

 [. . .]

A bite can cause lesions and symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, and in rare instances, can be fatal.

"Rare instances" might be overstated. Scopes.com reports on how the dangers of the spider have been exaggerated and includes a quote from a doctor specializing in the bites: "We are not aware of any verifiable deaths cayused by the bite of the North American brown recluse spider." Not aware of any. That means none. That, too, might be a slight overstatement, but not as big as the one the "deadly spider" crowd commits.

So don'

Posted in: Hoosier lore


tim zank
Wed, 05/27/2009 - 11:22am

If bitten by a brown recluse, would one be stricken with "Post-traumatic embitterment disorder"????

Just wonderin'