December

Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider is one of two dangerously poisonous spiders found in the United States. Although brown-recluses are non-aggressive, disturbing them can cause them to bite and release very potent venom. Fatalities are rare, but are much more common among children, the sick, and the elderly.

Throughout the years, the brown recluse has been known by a variety of different names including the violin spider, the fiddleback spider, the recluse spider, and the brown spider.

November

Cluster flies are found throughout North America and Europe, and probably originated in North America during the colonial days. They are large dark gray to black flies that resemble houseflies in appearance; however, they are larger and, in reality, are not related to houseflies at all. In fact, they are in the same family as blowflies and flesh flies. To differentiate between houseflies and cluster flies, look at the wings of the fly at rest. Cluster flies’ wings overlap like a pair of scissors, while houseflies’ wings do not. Additionally, cluster flies have golden hairs on their thoraxes. When crushed, cluster flies emit a smell that resembles that of buckwheat honey.