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Spider - Scytodes lugubris - male

Spider - Scytodes lugubris - Male
Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
August 15, 2005
Size: .5 inch body
There are a few of these living in my bathroom. They probably feed on the ants that eat the leftover cat food. The number of ants has declined considerable since these spiders moved in. Given that a couple of legs are missing, this particular spider may have met my cats and managed to get away. If anyone knows what kind of spider it is, let me know. Larger sizes of this photo are available on Flickr.

Moved
Moved from Scytodes.

Spitting spider.
The lanky one with the missing legs is a male spitting spider in the genus Scytodes. Their venom glands and jaws are modified in such a way as to manufacture and eject the spider equivalent of superglue. They approach a prey insect, get within range, and then shoot out the glue in a zigzag pattern that bonds the bug to the surface it is resting on. The spider then goes in and bites the immobilized prey. Not sure if they feed on ants. Few spiders do.

 
about Spitting Spiders!
we have been finding them here in our house! we caught a pretty big on last weekend and it's been in a container for me to identify it!

now I know what it is! I have been trapping moths and other flying bugs and puttin it into the container. I made the container look like outside. I put in 2 small branches off my bush out from and cut most of the leaves off except on the ends. I also have some grass and sand on the bottom of the container! I wish to learn more about these spiders since we have found like 13 in the last week in our house!!!! one was about the size of my hand.

 
Cool!
Very cool! I'm glad my photo could help. :)

 
Thank You
Thanks for the ID. It could be coincidental. With the unusually wet weather we've been having, the ants may be just as happy outside as in. BTW, I thought that it was female because I didn't see palps.

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