The white stripe on the abdomen of the black Parson Spider is said to resemble the cravat or ruffled neck tie commonly used by men of the clergy in the 18th century. It is a medium-sized spider and wickedly fast. This species of spider does not spin a web to catch prey. Instead, it roams the ground and walls, searching for insects to eat. They are ambush predators, running up to and quickly biting insects they they come across.
While the Parson Spider's venom is not lethal, this particular species has a bite has been known to have caused an allergic reaction in some people. Most people consider it a nuisance though it does consume many of the common household pests that could populate a home.
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