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

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 BugGuide 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

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington


Species Herpyllus ecclesiasticus - Eastern Parson Spider

Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Eastern Parson Spider - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Eastern Parson Spider - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus - female Eastern Parson Spider - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Hairy brown spider - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Parson spider? - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus pink striped spider with red legs?? - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus Spider - Herpyllus ecclesiasticus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Order Araneae (Spiders)
Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders)
No Taxon (Entelegynae)
Family Gnaphosidae (Ground Spiders)
Genus Herpyllus
Species ecclesiasticus (Eastern Parson Spider)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
The common name refers to the white dorsal stripe on the abdomen, which resembles a cravat worn by a parson or minister during the 1800's (Guarisco, 2007).
Female 8-13mm, male 5.5-6.5mm - Howell and Jenkins, p. 274 (1)
H. ecclesiasticus is basically identical in appearance to H. propinquus, and examination of reproductive organs is needed for positive identification.


H. ecclesiasticus generally occur east of the Rocky Mountains, although range overlaps with H. propinquus in several states.

The localities listed below are from frassed images only and do not represent the full extent of this species range:
Omaha, Nebraska
Warren, Knox County, Maine
Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia
Toronto, Southern, Ontario, Canada
Beverly Hills, Citrus County, Florida
Print References
Checklist of Kansas Ground Spiders
The Kansas School Naturalist, Vol. 55 Dec. 2007
by Hank Guarisco

Revision of the Spider Genera Herpyllus and Scotophaeus (Araneae, Gnaphosidae) in North America
Norman I. Platnick and Mohammad U. Shadab
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Volume 159: Article 1
New York: 1977
Howell and Jenkins, p. 273-274 (1)
Works Cited
1.Spiders of the Eastern US, A Photographic Guide
W. Mike Howell and Ronald L. Jenkins. 2004. pearson education.