Daddy Long Legs (Pholcus phalangioides)

Order: Araneae (ah-RAY-nee-ee) (Info)
Family: Pholcidae
Genus: Pholcus
Species: phalangioides

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Hesperia, California
Reseda, California
San Francisco, California
Lake Mary, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Muncie, Indiana
Deridder, Louisiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Meridian, Mississippi
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Cleburne, Texas
New Caney, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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Negative

On Jan 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This species, often called cellar spider or house spider but I called it Leggy House Spider is found both outside and inside a house. They seem to loves cooler moist places in the house and I have found them along my large rock collection. They also likes solid locations (manmade surface like crevices among walls, wooden wall, etc) that is dry and cool like small storage space for garden tools. I have found them frequently under lids that have space they can creep underneath. When found in a house, they often have tiny bodies and long legs compare to other house spider species in the Upper Midwest giving their close resemble to daddy long legs but they moves fast compare to those.

Positive

On Mar 17, 2008, SolarBear from Maple Ridge, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:

As ugly and as messy as they are, this little guy is a #1 predator of hobo spiders, black widows and the likes when they invade your home. I am in an area of black widow habitat and prior to these little guys taking up residence under the crawl space had the occasional interaction with the widows. After noticing a large increase of this species i am now unable to locate black widows underneath. Amazingly enough, i saw one of these guys even manage to catch a hornet in a shed. Best thing is they are not a concern to humans venom-wise, they just seem to love invading and tossing webs all over the place ( until you move them outdoors) If your in an area of hobo spiders or black widows, these are a beneficial species to have as they will keep the numbers down.

Neutral

On Sep 30, 2008, sieglecj from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Before we excavated a new basement, the basement was a dirt floor. The first time we entered our property, there were hundreds of these guys (no kidding). I am glad to know now what they are called.

Neutral

On Nov 9, 2009, Zaragoza from Zaragoza
Spain (Zone 8b) wrote:

The two photos uploaded by "raffieldgma" are not this species, nor this genus, nor this family, even nor this order: they're not even spiders. So would be useful to delete it from this entry.

Neutral

On Jul 25, 2011, plantratica from Muncie, IN wrote:

I offer no scientific fact at this time,but this creature is not a daddy-longlegs in indiana....it is a called a Crane-spider....The are prolific underneath my house in the crawlspace and also in the warehouse where I work...they have webs.
A daddy-longlegs lives out doors...has a very round body,very long legs,looks,as such like a spider,but eats about anything it finds....does not hunt,trap or spin webs...most are brown or tan in color,some are dark red.
they are one of the most gentle and delicate bugs I know of....they may be a species of spider,but they will not bite you....a Crane spider will.

sincerely,Plantratica


Positive

On Sep 20, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Daddy Long Legs Spider was accidently introduced to New Zealand.

It builds a line web indoors in ceilings, under houses and in sheds and sheltered places. It snares flying insects in its web, and immobilises its prey by wrapping them in webbing.

They apparently are harmless to humans.