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Female Kukulcania Hibernalis (Kholi) - Kukulcania hibernalis - female

Female Kukulcania Hibernalis (Kholi) - Kukulcania hibernalis - Female
Duval County, Florida, USA
February 28, 2012
These make suprisingly good house guests if you can tolerate their highly effective, (Though not very pretty,) web making style. Females tend to stay put until either they grow out of their retreat, they are starving to death, or their web is destroyed. For the past 13 years I've been living with this type of spider and have never been bitten by one, they are docile and very good at snaring flies, roaches and other household invaders. Usually when I see their webs I just leave them be, but one of our cats has recently decided he likes to eat spider webs... (Weird huh,) and that is how I ended up with Kholi, (Pictured above.) She was wandering around looking to rebuild her web where it had been, (And said cat would have come back to eat it again!) so I decided to capture and provide a home for her. She produces webbing as needed and without hesitation, which is good because she won't eat without it! Southern House Spiders totally depend on their webs to catch food; their eyesight is poor, so they seem to, "Feel" their prey when it gets stuck and squirms, then they pounce. It is VERY dificult to get them to eat from a pair of tweezers, one must be very... patient. However they will take water very easily when they're dehydrated, even off your finger. The first time I had one do this I thought it was biting me, but it wasn't, it was just sucking the water out of my damp hands, which didn't hurt. One of the best ways to distiguish this species other than their general appearence is the very fine silver hair they possess, which is most visible at the joints.
BTW: They will sometimes very convincingly play dead when threatened...:P And if they don't mate, they can live an incredibly long time. (I have been watching one adult female for three years!)
Be Well, God Bless and Thanks for Reading. :)

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Female Kukulcania Hibernalis (Kholi) - Kukulcania hibernalis - female Female Kukulcania Hibernalis (Kholi) - Kukulcania hibernalis - female

It's very nice
to have both dorsal & ventral of the female & male.

That is weird about your cat. I think that's the first time I've heard of a web eating cat!

 
Thank you, I'm glad you like my photos!
And yes, my cat, (Morgan) is weird! He likes brocoli too...O_O Since he decided that spider webs were tasty, (Gosh that's soooo strange!)I've been moving the young spiders to choice locations out of our cats reach. They actually seem to be pretty accepting of the various crevices I introduce them to, which surprises me.
Be Well and God Bless

 
Yay for kitty oddities!
So glad to know my Ramsey hasn't developed pica (ha!) by eating webs...and that we share in the weirdness that is a feline. She's been eating toilet paper since she was a kitten, but the craving for a sticky home is new [her sister enjoys licking fingers (and ear wax, ugh) and the half sister licks plastic bags (the ones from Belk are her favorite)]. But this poor, tiny soul (unsure of what kind it is) at the edge of a window unit has had to rebuild its home 4 times this week.
Sorry for the rant about cats on an arachni-post - I got excited to read about y'all's babies - and also...my name is Morgan! ðŸĪŠ
I do have experiences with the Southern house spider, though. First one I ever saw (that I know of now anyway) was in the window of our camper at the beach...and she was HUGE! I'll find pics soon. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, pics, and your cats' not-so-rare (that we know now) snacking habits.

This is my first post/comment - I've used this site a gazillion times to research an eight-legged creature that it's bout time I join 😊. I was happy to know about the eating of the webs but when I read that your cats' name is Morgan I HAD to tell you 😄!

 
House spiders
I found your comments about your cat eating spider webs interesting. We have several Southern House Spiders residing in our house. And one of our cats also finds & enjoys eating spider webs.

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