|Spreading out on the wall - REK|
This is the Long-bodied Cellar Spider, Pholcus phalangioides, the most common of the Pholcidae or cellar spiders. They have a number of common names including daddy long-legs spider, granddaddy long-legs spider, carpenter spider, and vibrating spider. Their bodies are 5-8 mm long, (less than 1/3") and their leg are 8 times longer.
|"Daddy Longlegs" Crane Fly- Six legs of an insect - REK|
|Crane fly - Limonia - REK|
Long-bodied spiders have three distinct body parts (head, thorax and abdomen) while the Opiliones (harvestmen) have the head and thorax fused into one small part frequently making their bodies appear oval. Both have eight legs typical of the Arachnids.
|Harvestman - REK|
|Long-bodied Cellar Spider - REK|
|Skull shaped head with two sets of three round eyes tightly clustered together - REK|
|Female with egg case - Olei CC- Wikimedia|
|Mother and babies -|
Long-bodied spiders have very weak venom and are barely able to pierce human skin, with only a temporary discomfort. On the other hand, they are considered beneficial as they are predators of many venomous spiders that are threats to us. As we see an occasional brown recluse in the nooks and crannies, letting these leggy creatures patrol the house is a small price to pay.