Philodromus dispar

Philodromus dispar male

I found this lovely on my living room ceiling. It is a species of running crab spider, and a male, and oh boy do they run fast!

Philodromus dispar male

It is normally found on the lower branches of trees and shrubs in wooded areas, but it is also found in gardens and occasionally indoors. The sexes vary quite differently, hence the scientific name. It is quite common in Southern Britain.

Philodromus dispar male

Philodromus dispar male

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May 2018, photos taken in rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

4 thoughts on “Philodromus dispar

  1. The spider really stands out from his background in the enlarged version of the last photo. What are those little arm like appendages in front that look like they have boxing gloves at the end?

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    1. They called pedipalps, and the spider uses them as extra appendages for grabbing and holding prey. They are also used during mating. Thank you 🙂

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  2. Too nervous to expand picture! Since living in the country I am far less nervous of creepy crawlies but still wary. Taking photos has helped as you have a chance to get more involved in their space. Somehow that stops the panic.

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