||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. There are
about 20 species of cellar spiders in the United States and
Cellar spiders build loose, irregular, tangled webs in corners.
They hang upside down on the underside of the web. The webs are not
cleaned but instead a new web is continually added. This habit can
result in extensive webbing in a relatively short time.
The 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 seem to fare better in areas with higher
Cellar spiders do not pose a threat to humans. While they are
commonly found in homes, they usually stay in one place. They are
not known to bite. Urban legend has it that their venom is of the
most deadly of spiders, but their weak mouthparts keep them from
injecting venom into humans. While it is correct that they cannot
successfully bite, their venom is not very potent.