Eastern Parson Spider

Herpyllus ecclesiasticus

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 do have allergic reactions to their bites....hieroglyph snipped... This spider has shown solely cursorial hunting behaviour, as opposed to web-spinning methods of prey capture, when reared in lab conditions.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyGnaphosidae
GenusHerpyllus
SpeciesH. ecclesiasticus