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It seems to me that a significant portion of first-time BugGuide visitors are posting pictures of spiders that they fear may be threatening to their families. Would it be possible to add a simple link or explanation on the welcome or the ID request page, to offer what I believe is the general consensus here, that unless it's a brown recluse or black widow it may be venomous, but it is not therefore dangerous? Perhaps that would go a little way towards reducing the "bug snuff" that leads to such vociferous discussions.

I've been thinking the same thing
It would help if we had some photos of brown recluses since otherwise we have to direct them elsewhere to rule that one out for themselves.

I'll put that on my to do list.


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