Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Cellar spider - Holocnemus pluchei - male

Cellar spider - Holocnemus pluchei - Male
Anaheim, Orange County, California, USA
December 10, 2006

Images of this individual: tag all
Cellar spider - Holocnemus pluchei - male Cellar spider - Holocnemus pluchei - male

Moved from Longbodied Cellar Spider. I just stumbled on these, too, and immediately agreed with Ken. Looks like Lenny has these filed under Holocnemus pluchei on his OC Spiders site (views #3 & #4): Maybe he changed the ID later on sometime after he sent Ron the images.

Nice shots
Hey Ron, do you know if Lenny manipulated the subject here? I don't thing I've ever seen one of these spiders on grass. I'm wondering if he staged problem if he did, except it should be noted.

Yes, Lenny reports that the photos were staged.
They're designed for use in a pictorial guide to Orange County spiders that he's preparing. The background is a gray card. The "stem" is part of some kind of succulent. He further comments: "I agree with Lynette, it should be noted, if a photo is staged."

Thanks Ron,
for checking with him about that.

Glad you liked the shots.
He'll be providing more for me to post.

I'm far from an expert, but I was wondering if this could possibly be Holocnemus pluchei instead of Pholcus?? The abdomen on this spider appears a bit more "marbled" than I've seen in the other images of P. phalangoides. I could easily be wrong, though... If no one is still subscribed to this image, I'll post this in the forum...

I'm still here, but don't know how helpful I can be.
The spider expert at Fullerton College, Lenny sent me this shot to post after explaining there were two cellar spiders here in Orange County. (Now I can't find the post that inspired this one.) He's hesitant to ID spiders from photos and had this specimen in hand when he made this ID.

Really, that's all I can tell you.

Thanks, Ron -
I appreciate the info. If you're confident that this photo was labeled correctly and there were no mix-ups, then I'll stop pestering you... :) I was just "spending some time" with this family of spiders and this set of images looked a bit out of place.

Never hurts to ask.
I'm fine with these photos.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.