Daddy long-legs spider wrapping and feeding on a blow fly

Here’s a short video clip of a daddy long-legs spider (family Pholcidae) wrapping up a blow fly (family Calliphoridae) that was caught in its web.  After immobilizing the prey, the spider appears to deliver its venom and/or begin feeding.  Recorded 08/07/2010 in Palmyra Michigan.

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2 Responses to Daddy long-legs spider wrapping and feeding on a blow fly

  1. Jim Martin says:

    how positive are you on the arachnid ID?

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  2. Jeremy Sell says:

    Although we didn’t cover them in entomology, after some research I’m fairly confident. Are there other possibilities you can suggest?

    I have to admit, I’m going on physical appearance, geographic distribution, habitat, and web construction/feeding habits. I didn’t key it out or anything. Still, I was unable to find any other families that were close to this.

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