Expert to Give Talk on Brown Recluse Spider
“The myth of the brown recluse spider: mythconceptions, mythidentifications, mythdiagnoses”
November 18, 2011- Newark, OH- The Ohio State University at Newark’s Department of Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology will host noted arachnologist Rick Vetterat 7 p.m. on Monday, December 5 in Hopewell Hall, room 68. Vetter will discuss myths surrounding brown recluse spiders, as well as other spiders in and around Ohio. The talk is free and open to the public.
Vetter, staff research associate in the Entomology Department at the University of California Riverside, said, “When you talk to people about spiders throughout North America, it seems that everybody has a story where they or someone they know has received a horrible brown recluse bite or that they have found them in their homes.”
According to Vetter, people fervently believe that brown recluse spiders are causing necrotic skin lesions throughout North America; his talk will review the distribution of the brown recluse and other recluse spiders in North America and show the folly of this myth. Also covered will be a sampling of spiders misidentified as brown recluses by the general public and authorities, a sampling of non-arachnid etiologies that have been misdiagnosed as brown recluse spider bites and the psychological basis for the depth of entrenchment of this myth.
For more information, contact Dr. J. Andrew Roberts, associate professor, department of evolution, ecology, & organismal biology, at 740.366.9178 or email@example.com.
Hopewell Hall is located at 1189 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. The auditorium (room 68) can be found in the south end of Hopewell Hall.