Trachelas tranquillus

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Trachelas tranquillus

Mark Story Jenks
Hello Eric, I found you while I was googling around, trying to find information about this particular spider.  Here's why this spider queued my interest:
  About 25 years ago I experienced an incident in which I was bitten by a spider.  I caught it red-handed so to speak, and I had a very bad reaction to it. here is how it happened.
  I used to hang my clothes on an outdoor clothesline to dry. One summer afternoon I hung out several pairs of socks, with the intension of bringing them in the following morning. The next morning I got up for work and went outside to retrieve my socks off of the clothesline. When I got back in the house I sat down in the kitchen and started to put on a fresh pair of socks.  As I pulled the second sock on, I felt immediate intense pain, as if a big hornet was stinging the top part of my foot right between my ankles. I instantly pulled the sock back off, and the spider was still sort of stuck momentarily to my skin.  I had fully expected to see a big hornet, it stung so sharply.  I didn't know that a spider bite could feel just like a bee sting.  It got infected, and took six months to heal.  The wound became necrotic, about the size of a nickel.
 I thought that might interest you.  I see this type of spider in and around my house often.
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Bug Eric
I am very sorry you had such a horrible experience!  Two things stand out to me:  One, you left clothing outdoors overnight.  Not a good idea ever.  Second, the bite wound became infected.  I point to these circumstances because often we do not take preventive measures to avoid bites and stings; and second, infection takes bites to a whole 'nother level.  Often, it is the most extreme episodes, like yours, that are assumed to be the normal result of a bite or sting, when they are in fact abnormal.  I do hope you are now completely recovered.