||Pale yellow to light brown or gray
||Long skinny legs with a small body
||Found throughout U.S.
Long-bodied cellar spiders are commonly referred to as
"daddy-long-legs" because of their very long, thin legs, and as
their name implies, are found in dark and damp places like cellars
and basements. There are about 20 species of cellar spiders in the
United States and Canada.
Cellar spiders seem to fare better in areas with higher relative
humidity. These spiders build loose, irregular, tangled webs in
corners, and hang upside down on the underside of them. The webs
are not cleaned but rather new webs are continually added. This
habit can result in extensive webbing in a relatively short time.
When disturbed on its web, the cellar spider has the habit of
rapidly shaking its body in a rotary movement to confuse and
entangle the prey.
Long-bodies cellar spiders and their webs are usually found in dark
and damp places, such as cellars, basements, and crawl spaces. They
can also be found in the corners of garages, sheds, barns and
warehouses, on eaves, windows and ceilings, and in closets, sink
cabinets and bath-traps.
Cellar spiders do not pose a threat to humans, as their weak
mouthparts keep them from injecting venom into humans.