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Spider (House)

Argyrodes tepidariorum
Spider (House)

Range

They are found throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Habitat

They live in dry, warm areas of homes, barns and other buildings.

Body Traits

They are a large, brown spider with long legs. Females are up to ½” long and males are slightly smaller. They have an oblong abdomen with darker markings. Their legs are hairy and banded in light and dark brown.

Habits

They make irregular, sticky webs in and around buildings. They are known as “cobwebs.”

Diet

They eat small insects.

Reproduction

The female eats the male after mating. She lays many eggs in several white egg sacs that she hangs in her web.

Spider (House)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:     Arachnida
Order:     Araneae
Family: Theridiidae
Genus:     Argyrodes
Species: A. tepidariorum

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