Octavia, as I like to call her, visits me in the winter. She loves to hang out on my bathroom walls, enjoying the sauna-like atmosphere. She wasn’t exactly feeling the love for the camera tho today and continued to cross the ceiling looking for a spot to set-up shop (sorry for the unclear photos). Spiders like Octavia don’t make sticky, geometrically perfect webs. Her kind, who are also part of the same family Daddy long-legs are in, make erratic tangles of non-sticky threads which captures prey by getting tangled in it.
Just like Daddy long-legs, cellar spiders are not poisonous to humans. Don’t believe the story that they are, but their fangs are too small to pierce human flesh. Hee Hee, I have A bridge I want to sell you then.
Don’t judge her on her size either. While on a whole, she’s only about an inch and a half, her body is less than a 20th of that. She will whip-out a can of whoop-ass and take down some nasty spiders that can and will kill a human. So, don’t go at her with a tissue or shoe, this girl is looking out for you.
Cellar spiders are also known as vibrating spiders, as when they feel threatened, they will start a frenzied, gyrating dance. I’m guessing this scares away potential enemies or makes them harder to see. It worked for me at the bars 😉
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