Male Spitting Spider  (two photos)
Scytodes thoracica

Scytodes thoracica
I was just getting ready to hit the sack when I spotted this tiny spider slowly wending its way across the room next to the
baseboard. I looked at it quickly through a magnifier and since it was light brown I decided to take a photograph - I don't
want any brown recluses reclusingthrough my house in the night (we don't have any in Northern Utah,
by the way).  Someone on Bugguide told me this was a male.  Carol Davis, 7-26-2012

spitting spider
Since it was already an hour-and-a-half past my bedtime, I wasn't in any mood to catch and release but when I saw what
was in my camera viewer, I almost had a coronary. I've been looking for these spiders for years and if I hadn't been up so
late, I never would have found this one.  Instead of attempting to write a long description of this unusual spider, I'll refer
you to Wikipedia - it has a great explanation of how it got its name and how it captures prey.

(Luckily the next day, I woke up and found the spider had somehow made its way into my bathroom sink so I got a few
  more photos - these two replace the first day's photos. This time after the photo shoot I took her outside and let her go).
  Carol Davis, 7-26-2012

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