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Cellar Spider
Pholcidae
Pholcus phalangioides
Type: Arachnid

Effect: Pest
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Cellar Family
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Pholcidae Family
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Location / Where this Creature is found:

All over the world. This spider was found in the midwest United States.

General information about Cellar Spider :

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Superfamily: Pholcoidea
Family: Pholcidae
Also known as: Daddy long-legs spider, Vibrating spider, and House spider.
Commonly confused with the deadly Brown Recluse (Violin Spider), or the Desert Loxoceles, because of the violin shaped markings on it's cephalothorax.
It is very small, even under a magnifying glass, it looks as though it has two eyes, but they are actually two groupings of 3 eyes each.
The Brown Recluse has 3 pairs of two eyes that are in a single row across it's "face".
This is not the same as the even more common garden Daddy-Long-Legs with the single body part and long whispy legs. That "Daddy Long Legs", or Harvestman Spider isn't a spider and it most definately isn't poisonous, as many old house-wives might have you believe. It is only a cousin to the spider.
The Cellar Spider IS a spider and makes a Black Widow-like web. However it doesn't use much glue to catch it's prey, this spider just designs it's web to be too complex for the intruder to get out of quickly, then as soon as the bug gets tangled up in it, it's too late.
If another predator threatens the cellar spider, it has a strange defense, it vibrates it's web so fast that it becomes so blurred that it is almost invisible. This makes it hard for birds and other predators to catch it out of the air.

This pest causes problems by:

It looks a lot like a brown recluse.

How to get rid of it:

This spider is actually a good spider in the fact that it attacks other spiders, including the brown recluse, and the hobo spider. Two very poisonous pests.



Cellar Spider - Close Up
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Cellar Spider - Front
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Cellar Spider - Egg Sack
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Cellar Spider - front view
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Cellar Spider -side
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Cellar Spider - Side View
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Cellar Spider - Looks like Recluse
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Cellar Spider - violin back
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