Herpyllus ecclesiasticus
(Eastern Parson Spider)

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Picture of Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (Eastern Parson Spider) - Dorsal

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I believe my little friend here is a herpyllus ecclesiasticus or "Eastern Parson Spider." (Which if I'm right, that means I'm the first one from Alabama to put them on here! Yay)
*I don't know the sex but I'm going to call it a "him" for now.*
I noticed him on the ceiling in the crease where it meets the wall around shortly after 8 p.m.
He *appeared at first glance from a distance* to be black with yellow stripe, but once I captured him in a jar, I was able to see that he had black and brown legs and and Ivory type marking on his abdomen identical to other spiders listed as the Eastern Parson Spider.

Now, I don't know if he has encountered some accidents or just had unfortunate molting experiences but it would appear he only has 7 legs.
I took multiple photos trying to identify my tiny visitor.
and now...as much as I appreciate his efforts to rid my home of pests, I really don't feel like sharing my bedroom with him so I'm going to go ahead and put him outside.

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Hi, you got the right ID. If the spider is mature this would be a female, immature spiders can be indistinguishable though and I can’t tell from this if it’s mature.

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