12 March 2012

Pholcus phalangioides — daddy longlegs spider

Small but life-and-death dramas play out in the corners of my house constantly. This was in the corner of the kitchen ceiling.

[6 February 2012, Canon 20D, 100mm f2.8, ISO 200, 1/250 at f11, flash (strobe)]

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The Elephant's Child said...

And if my partner was there, the poor spider would be glazed to the ceiling with whatever aerosol he could find. I am the catch and release member of the couple.

Relatively Retiring said...

Now that I apparently live alone I find it consoling that so many others, largish and very, very small share my home and live out their complex lives with minimum interference. This is not altogether a justification for lack of housework on my part, but it helps.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Oh, to go through life with the sobriquet Pholcus Phalangioides. Great phalanges, Daddy-O ;0 The subtle coloring, as you've captured it, is striking.

pohanginapete said...

Elephant's Child, good to hear you're more accepting of other lives ;^). My approach is usually to leave them where they are unless they're causing problems (the rat in the ceiling has to go, I'm afraid).

RR, I'm totally with you on the housework thing ;^)

Barbara, in just the right light, these little spiders can indeed be strikingly beautiful, with a lovely iridescence.

AJB said...


pohanginapete said...

Andrew, I'm pretty sure the fly didn't think so ;^)