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Photo#602437
Cellar Spider

Cellar Spider
Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
December 4, 2011
I always have cellar spiders around the house. They reproduce and expand their territories. I have been watching two daily since early November. The one on the left surprised me one morning with spiderlings. After a few days, she disappeared and eventually the little ones spread out. That was about the week of Nov 6th. The following week the one on the right got very large. I thought maybe she was gravid but I never noticed it happening before. Of course, I wasn't watching them constantly but I would eventually notice the little net of spiderlings hanging on the wall. It has been slightly over a month and no spiderlings. Is this maybe a different species and she took care of the one that was living in that spot when I wasn't looking? I got the best picture I could. She is up on the ceiling where the 8 foot goes up to the cathedral ceiling and I am scared to climb up any higher to get a better shot. Just curious.....

January 27th and she is still
January 27th and she is still enjoying life. She was joined by another tiny round one 3 weeks ago. It is living in her territory and has not been eaten or chased away. This week, the smaller one is no longer round and has a normal sized abdomen.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Pholcus sp.
I guess & probably P. phalangioides. She is fat isn't she.

 
Wow, does it really take that
Wow, does it really take that long for them to give birth?

 
Not sure
Maybe it's not fertile?

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