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.