Long-bodied Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Long-bodied Cellar Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 1/23/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Long-Bodied Cellar Spider should invoke fear within smaller insect prey, but not with humans.
The shape of the abdomen aided in an alternate name for the Long-Bodied Cellar Spider. Although the name Daddy-Long-Legs is as an additional alternate name for this spider, Daddy-Long-Legs is also used to refer to Harvestman, which are not spiders at all though still a part of the arachnid class.
It can be seen bouncing on its own web to make itself harder to see (blurs itself to the observer) as a means of disorienting a predator or threat. They hang up-side-down, waiting for insects to wander into their web.
The Long-Bodied Cellar Spider has very small chelicerae (mouthparts). While they are venomous (like 99% of all North American spiders), they are unable to get a grip onto human skin in order to bite it. Their mouths are simply too tiny.