08.08.2021 Wild nature in the home

I am sure a couple of you might have run out of the room screaming if you found this on your bathroom vanity first thing in the morning. Obviously, I did run out of the room but to fetch my camera. 🙂

Eastern Parson Spider-Herpyllus ecclesiasticus on a rather unusual background. The name apparently comes from the resemblance of the abdominal marking to a parson’s cravat that led to the species name referring to Ecclesiastes or a person who leads an assemblage according to a translation of the Greek word “ekklesiastes”.  These are ground spiders but this one went for a glamor shot.

It is possible that my ID is incorrect as there is another species, H. propinquus, that is visually identical and can only be determined for sure with a reproductive organ dissection.  As I have said before, I do not want to know that badly.  There is a 50/50 chance that I am correct and I can live with that which the spider otherwise could not.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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12 Responses to 08.08.2021 Wild nature in the home

  1. All those irregular, multi-colored speckles make a good backdrop (underdrop?) for the spider.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    I wonder if the spider made tracks for that color-coordinated background intentionally. Could a synonym be Herpyllus fashionistus?

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    Yes, definitely a spider with taste :). This is a very appealing image.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    I’m in the “Yikes” contingent, feeling embarrassed about it but there ya go. 😉 I’m glad it wasn’t in my house…but I trust that you gently relocated it?

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    The legs almost look translucent. I wonder if that’s perhaps just a result of the shine from the overhead lights. Either way, nicely captured. Sometimes I wonder how many spiders there are in my house with me, ones I may never see.


    • I’ve seen a few spiders, a crab just yesterday, that seem to have translucent legs. Some are almost microscopic so it is easy to overlook them. We don’t mind them in the house and rescue the ones in the shower, placing them in a corner somewhere. None bite and they are good housemates. 🙂

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