Sunday, 12 May 2013

Adult pair of Pholcus phalangioides

 In the last few days, I have been keeping an eye on a pair of Pholcus phalangioides in my outside toilet. They are a male and a female, and given that both appear to be adults I guess the male is waiting for the female to become receptive. I got a close up of the male, showing its almost circular caparace and its palps (above).
Pholcus phalangioides. Male on the right, not its elongated abdomen. 

2 comments:

DG Phelps said...

Africa, I just took these photos http://www.nanoversed.com/blog/pholcus-phalangioides yesterday before I saw your post!

I can't wait to find out if yours have an egg sac soon.

I like spiders but can't help feeling a bit creeped out with the likeness of a skull on these.

Africa Gómez said...

Hi Dan, they are much more apparent now after their winder rest. My outside toiled population produces eggs every year. Yours looks like it might be a subadult male.