You know those spiders you get on the ceiling, right up in the corners. The ones with little bodies and long legs?
Well I’m no lover of spiders, in fact I am terrified of them, but I don’t mind these - Pholcidae.
Not that I’d want to touch one and I’d probably freak out if one touched me, but they do tend to mind their own business.
They are known as cellar spiders, daddy long legs spiders and carpenter spiders amongst other things.
I’ve learned something about these unassuming, rather delicate looking creatures and I think this deserves a drum roll….
They are natural predators of house spiders (Yay!). And they have been known to kill redback spiders and huntsman spiders, not with their venom, but with their speed.
This is another predator of spiders. I knew he’d get into this post somewhere! Credit to my eldest son Rob for taking the photo of Dusty the Spider Eater (he also tries to eat snails, worms and bees - well let's be honest, he's a springer spaniel, he'll eat anything) making himself comfortable on my pillow – and credit to him too for the photo in the last post of Sad Dusty with my trainer