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  Daddy Long Legs Spider (Pholcus phalangoides)





Daddy Long Legs Spider | Pholcus phalangoides photo
The Daddy Long Legs spider is common around homes. Found in undisturbed places such as behind furniture, under eaves, behind doors and around the garage. It builds a tangled web. It has been known to eat Redback spiders.

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Daddy Long Legs Spider | Pholcus phalangoides photo
Two Daddy Long Legs spiders fight over a meal. After tangling legs for a few minutes they parted and backed off.

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Daddy Long Legs Spider | Pholcus phalangoides photo
Daddy Long Legs with Scarab Beetle.

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SPIDER FACTS

Description
The Daddy Long Legs Spider has very long thin legs and is often seen in undisturbed areas in and around the house. When disturbed, the spiders vibrate their web.

Size
body 9mm. leg span is about 5cm.

Habitat
often found in undisturbed areas in houses and sheds where it builds fine tangled web.

Food
insects and other spiders caught in tangled web

Breeding
The female may sometimes be found holding her eggs in her palps.

Range
The Daddy Long Legs Spider is an introduced species to Australia

Notes
They are harmless to people.



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Araneomorphae
Family:Pholcidae
Genus:Pholcus
Species:phalangoides
Common Name:Daddy Long Legs Spider