I think this is my ventral shot of Pholcus phalangiodes.Same spider from my kitchen. It has the “skull” mark.
This is a Long Bodied cellar spidr (Pholcus phalangioides)
This is the ventral side of the spider photo I submitted Oct. 8. Is there an easy way to submit multiple photos of different anatomical planes of a specimen?
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 »
I like the image of you picking out a brown recluse in a police line-up! My bathroom P. phalangiodes got killed by a Steatoda triangulosa that got killed by a Cheiracanthum mildei. Bathroom Natural Selection at home. They are one of my ways of keeping guests from snooping ( or staying overnight). The cellar spiders learned to drop down from the ceiling in the summer when I’m near the sink. I give them some droplets of water on the counter. They bend down to drink, it’s quite cute.
My little pantry spider(Steatoda triangulosa) killed anything that got in her web, even beetles much larger than her. Remais of sac spiders and others in her web, I named her Cassi:
Yep, she is gravid here,sadly no hatching, soon to cross the rainbow bridge.
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 »