Pholcus phalangioides
(Long-bodied Cellar Spider)

Picture ID 43395

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

This is a Long Bodied cellar spidr (Pholcus phalangioides)

Thefemalemantis

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

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:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32083154@N02/9811638304/in/dateposted/
Yep, she is gravid here,sadly no hatching, soon to cross the rainbow bridge.

BugmanDan

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