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Spitting spider

Scytodes thoracica


A spitting spider that spits a poisonous sticky silken substance over its prey.


Mixed everwood


Shot with an iPhone olloclip

1 Species ID Suggestions

Aaron_G 7 years ago
Spitting spider
Scytodes thoracica Species Scytodes thoracica - BugGuide.Net

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courtneyhitson 7 years ago

Did you find it during the day or night? The few I have seen only come out at night. They go back into hiding during the day.

peter 7 years ago

Thanks for the identification, Goody! What an amazing little critter this spider was. I had no idea it can spit a poisonous sticky substance. I guess that's where it get its name from. In the fourth photo, if you look closely, it appears that might have attempted to spit some of its sticky substance. Pretty cool :)

Aaron_G 7 years ago

Excellent spotting, Peter. I truly enjoy the spitting spiders and it's great to see this species on PN. There are no entries on BugGuide for Ontario, so you should submit yours there and be the first Canadian entry for the species. :-)

peter 7 years ago

Thanks Dan! I would love to get this little guy identified :)

dandoucette 7 years ago

Very cool! Nice spotting peter, never seen anything like it!

peter 7 years ago

Haha I know! I've never seen one with markings like this before...

CandiceB 7 years ago

That's in Toronto?! Ahh

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.67, Long: -79.32

Spotted on May 11, 2012
Submitted on May 11, 2012

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