|Eastern parson spider|
The spider species Herpyllus ecclesiasticus is commonly called the eastern parson spider, after the abdominal markings resembling an old-style cravat worn by clergy in the 18th century. It is mainly found in Central USA, with finds stretching from North Carolina to southern Alberta, Canada.
Although this spider presents a startling appearance, living indoors as it frequently does, it is not considered harmful. However, some people may have allergic reactions to their bites. This spider has shown solely cursorial hunting behaviour, as opposed to web-spinning methods of prey capture, when reared in lab conditions.
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