Something Alien

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

I always have these in the sheds, and garage, and they will also appear in the house. I leave them be in the sheds beacause they are not hurting anyone there or causing any bother, but in the house they have to go outside. If you do see one of these and get too close to it whilst it is dangling upside down in its web it will vibrate quite madly, a way of confusing and putting off predators. It is non-native to Britain, most likely arriving here in imported goods, but it has now become well-established over the past 30 odd years.

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

25 thoughts on “Something Alien

  1. This is a wonderful close-up of a spider that has made itself very comfortable in our home. Put it this way, there are so many of them that it is nigh impossible to get rid of them all. I find their habit of shaking themselves vigorously when threatened rather amusing. I had no idea they had ‘moved into’ your part of the world.

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  2. I have these, too. Unfortunately, their excrement stains everything it touches! Walls and fabrics are impossible to clean… not one of my favorites as you can tell. Give me a jumping spider any day. πŸ˜‰

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  3. How could something that seemingly frail and delicate be so fierce? What drives me the battiest with them and Opiliones Daddy Longlegs is capturing the entire beast. When you do the body is so tiny in the picture. At least Katydids and Crickets have a substantial thorax and abdomen.

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    • These are a funny bunch to photograph as you say. I try and get the ‘all legs shot’ and then move in as close as possible as some key id features are sometimes in those details.


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