Types of Spiders
Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae) are small and common spiders in homes and other types of shelters around the United States.
Their long legs makes the nick-name daddy long legs appropriate, however, their two body parts puts them in the spider category rather than the Opilione category of another daddy long legs species.
The top picture shows a close-up view of the cellar spider's two body parts.
Cellar spiders build webs similar to another family of spiders called, Theridiidae, more commonly called cobweb spiders. Theridiidae, however, typically do no have the extra long and thin legs like cellar spiders.
The picture in the box on the right shows the spider's body in relationship to its long legs.
While cellar spiders might be considered an eyesore, they are harmless.
© 2007. Patricia A. Michaels