'Mummy' Long Legs (22)
|Daddy Long-Legs - pholcus phalangioides|
This is one of the better-known spiders, thanks to its distinctive appearance, curious habits, and frequent choice of houses and sheds for its home. They live upside-down on a rather formless web, and if disturbed will shake and whirl their bodies so fast that they become blurred, as a defence against predators.
The eggs are carried by the female, and each of the few large eggs is readily visible (as seen in my image). It is common in outhouses, cellars, caves and similar habitats, throughout Britain and Europe, except for the coldest areas.
The most distinctive feature is the very long slender legs, and the habit of resting upside-down. The carapace and abdomen are both pale greyish-brown.
(Collins Wild Guide)
I didn’t really have an option with the pov of this image. She was at the far end of my shed, which would have meant clearing it out before taking the image ….
I am really pleased with this image as I have a fear of ‘creepy creatures’ falling in my hair (if you ever meet me you’ll understand why …) so hanging around inside the shed is not something I try and do on a regular basis.
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