Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Spider of the year

This female Mouse Spider Scotophaeus blackwalli came out to entertain me on the 21st Jan. A common and widespread spider with adult females found all year round, usually inside the house. The name mouse comes from the greyish hairs on the abdomen as seen in the above photograph. It doesn't create a web and relies on speed to catch its prey, usually at night.
This species can be confused with Drassodes sp, which is normally found outside.