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Spitting Spider

Scytodes thoracica (probably)


body about 5mm; marbled light & dark brown ornate markings; it is slow-moving; their carapace is dome-shaped carapace and thin; their legs are spindly and banded in dark brown or black; cephalothorax and abdomen are fairly rounded and about the same size.


inside house


I frequently find these spiders on the walls and ceilings of my home mostly at night. This one had caught one of the camel crickets which I also often find and am happy for them to eat. It immobilizes its prey by spitting a mixture of silk, glue, and venom onto it.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Jul 26, 2016
Submitted on Aug 2, 2016

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