Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides


Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

Hanging in garden shed. 3rd May 2020. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides 03

Discovered n recycling bin
19th July 2017. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

Discovered in arden shed.
23rd April 2020. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides juvenile

Discovered in garage.
29th July 2017. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

Discovered n recycling bin
19th July 2017. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

Female with egg sac in garden shed.
14th June 2017. © Peter Hillman

Daddy Long-legs Spider Pholcus phalangioides

Egg sac in garden shed.
14th June 2017. © Peter Hillman

Family Pholcidae (Cellar spiders)

Body length 7-10 mm.

This spider has distinctively long slender legs. The carapace and abdomen are pale greyish-brown. It commonly enters houses, and will vibrate rapidly in its web if disturbed.

The females carry their fairly large and visible eggs in their jaws. When it is disturbed it will vibrate its body rapidly in its web, becoming a blur to put off predators. Seen all year round.

It predates on other insects, catching them in its sticky webs, and then grasping them with its long spindly legs.

Usually found upside down in a loose, almost formless web in sheds, garages, and other outbuildings, houses and always indoors. Also found in caves. Commoner in warmer climes and fairly widespread. It is not native to the UK, and may have been introduced through trade. It has become more widely distributed over the last 30 years.