Eastern Parson Spider


This is a Eastern Parson spider, which is part of the Ground Spider, or Gnaphosidae family. Technically the Eastern Parnson spider is known as a Herpyllus ecclesiasticus. It's also known as an "ecclesiastes spider".

It has a primarily dark, chocolate brown body, with a light grey stripe marking on the abdomen. Apparently some people think its markings look like an old style priest's cravat. I can usually identify this spider fairly quickly because it's moving slowly across a surface, it is fairly "round", and its tail end is narrow with two points. Those are its spinneretts.

It is furry, about nickel sized. We found this one in my bathroom in Sutton. The spider is friendly and quiet. Harmless!

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Here's a different one we spotted another time, you can see the markings are a bit different.

Eastern Parson Spider

And another one, from our basement. For these, you can click on them to get a larger version.

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

This one was on the ceiling in the living room. You can see that, sadly, it has lost a rear leg.

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

Eastern Parson Spider

I have a second page of photos too!

More Eastern Parson Spider Photos

Conquering Your Fear of Spiders
Do spiders cause you stress? Many cultures treasure spiders as bringing luck and wealth! Learn to conquer your fear of spiders. Bring serenity and joy into your life. It all starts with the first step!


Spiders in Sutton Massachusetts
Animals and Birds in Sutton Massachusetts

Sutton Massachusetts Photo Collection

SuttonMass