Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Daddy longlegs spider

Pholcus phalangioides (Fuesslin)

Order: Araneae
Family: Pholcidae

Size range

  • Body length about 10 mm


  • Accidentally introduced to New Zealand
  • North and South Islands though less common south of Christchurch

Life History

  • Very long legs
  • Builds line web indoors, often in the corners, near ceilings
  • Snares flying insects
  • Immobilises prey by wrapping them in webbing
  • Harmless to humans