Daddy Long Legs

Daddy-long-legs spiders are easily recognized because of their long, skinny legs, small body and they can be easily found throughout Australia. They feed on insects and other spiders.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES

  • Cellar Spiders
  • Pholcidae
  • Harvestmen

APPEARANCE

  • Up to 9mm in size
  • Cream to pale brown
  • May have darker markings on their legs and abdomen

LIFECYLE

  • Reach reproduction age in one year.
  • The male lives for one year, and dies after mating
  • Female lives for 3 years
  • The female carries the eggs between the jaws
  • Eggs take 2-30 weeks to hatch
  • The mother carries the spiderlings in between her jaw
  • The spiderlings molt numerous times before they reach adulthood

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HABITAT

  • Found in most urban areas especially houses
  • Their webs are thin, tangled and tend to be in sheltered positions
  • Other areas include behind and under furniture, behind doors, in the corners of ceilings, sheds, garages and under decks
  • If disturbed the spider responds by setting up a fast spinning motion

THE BITE

  • It was once thought that Daddy Long Legs could not bite, however it has been recently discovered that the small fangs can in fact pierce the skin.
  • The stinging sensation lasts only a few minutes
  • Their bites are not fatal

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