Pholcus phalangioides
(Long-bodied Cellar Spider)

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Picture of Pholcus phalangioides (Long-bodied Cellar Spider) - Dorsal

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I think this is my ventral shot of Pholcus phalangiodes.Same spider from my kitchen. It has the “skull” mark.

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Villagecreep
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This is a Long Bodied cellar spidr (Pholcus phalangioides)

Thefemalemantis
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I remember shortly after my son was bitten by a brown recluse, I started seeing these cellar spiders everywhere! I would freak out because at a distance it would appear that they had a tiny little violin on their back and I thought they were just baby brown recluses or something. But I was like, “okay this is ridiculous because they are EVERYWHERE and that doesn’t seem too ‘reclusive’ to me” So I started doing major research on both the recluse and these guys. I wanted to be able to spot a brown recluse in a lineup from 15 feet… Read more »

BugmanDan
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Hi. one thing desirable of cellar spider is they will eat recluse spiders. My aunt lived 30 years in a recluse infested house, never bitten, and what rare sightings were made was usually males crawling at the baseboards. I once removed 21 individuals from the bottom of the very couch we watched TV on. Did that by hand and never bitten. After the big hype of finding a single individual in California, my aunt just said “I don’t know why people make such fuss over these damned spiders”. Another guy had to laugh in the fact he had 6 living… Read more »

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Picture of Pholcus phalangioides (Long-bodied Cellar Spider) - Female - Dorsal,Egg sacs,Eyes Enlarge Picture
Picture of Pholcus phalangioides (Long-bodied Cellar Spider) - Female - Dorsal,Egg sacs Enlarge Picture
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