LONG - BODIED CELLAR SPIDER

The Long-bodied Spider is easy to recognize as it has one round body part and long legs attached to it. They are yellowish-brown in colour with a greyish patch on the fused head and thorax region. It is also called a skull spider since it resembles a human skeletal structure. The body and legs are almost translucent. These spiders are covered with fine grey hairs. A translucent line marks the dorsal vessel. There are eight eyes: that are arranged into two widely spaced groups of three each with two small eyes in between.
The male is slightly smaller than the female. This spider prefers dark and damp places and crawls under the basements, barns, warehouses, inside closets and food storage areas.
They weave an irregular web of threads and prefer eating ants, mosquitoes and other smaller spiders. These spiders kill and digest their prey using venom

QUICK FACTS

Common name Long-bodied Cellar Spider
Scientific name Pholcus Phalangioides
Weight Approximate 0.75 to 2 grms
Length Approximate 6 to 8mm
Color Pale Yellow-brown
Mating Season Spring
Number of eggs Approximate 25 to 60
Habitat Cellars, basements, crawl spaces, corners of garages, sheds, barns and warehouses, on eaves, windows and ceilings
Lifespan 2 to 3 years

LIFE CYCLE

Egg:The Eggs, which are about 1 millimeter in diameter, are deposited in clusters of 25 to 60 and wrapped in a thin layer of silk. The sac is held by the female in her chelicerae as she hangs inverted in her web. Each female may lay up to three egg sacs in her lifetime. Each one consists of about 30 individual eggs.

Spider Lings: Females wrap their eggs in a few strands of silk and carry them in their chelicerae. The mother does not typically feed at all while she holds the eggs in her mouth; however they have been witnessed temporarily hanging their egg sac in the web in order to feed, preen or mate.
Long-bodied cellar spiders may live for 2 to 3 years.

Damage:Long-bodied Cellar spiders do not bite and therefore they pose no threat to humans. Urban legend has it that their venom is the most deadly of all spiders, but their weak mouth parts keep them from injecting venom into humans.