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Spitting Spider (Scytodes spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Spitting Spider



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A Spitting Spider uses sticky spit to capture insects instead of a web.



Updated: 07/15/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
This spider earned its name by spraying its prey with a sticky secretion. When a Spitting Spider approaches a possible meal, it taps one of its long front legs between it and the insect in order to gauge the distance. It walks within spitting range and then ejects a sticky mess at the insect. The Spitting Spider quickly sways its head from side-to-side as it projects the spit in order to form crisscrossing bands that pin the insect prey like a net. Big insects may get sprayed multiple times in order to subdue them. Once the prey is trapped, the spider quickly wraps it in spider silk, spinning it between the back legs while quickly winding the silk. The Spitting Spider than bites the insect, injecting venomous fluid that liquefies the internal parts of the prey's body. It consumes the insect on site unlike other spiders that may drag it to a lair for later consumption.

This brown spider has long, bendy legs and a speckled body. Its gangling legs look like stilts. It is a slow-moving, nocturnal hunter. It does not chase food; it creeps up on it. It can be found in woods, under rocks, stones, and leaf litter, and in cellars and clothing closets.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Scytodidae
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          Genus: Scytodes
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Scytodes spp.
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 4mm to 9mm (0.15" to 0.35")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; yellow
Descriptors: speckled, biting, venomous
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 4mm (0.2in) and 9mm (0.4in)
Lo: 4mm
Md: 6.5mm
Hi: 9mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Spitting Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Spitting Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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