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A niece discovered this parson spider crossing the living room floor.

But, at half an inch, it can be easy to miss.   Despite the silk-extruding spinnerets visible on its back end, the parson won’t spin a conspicuous web in the air.

It hunts by contact, usually at night, and on the ground.

In fact, some nocturnal battle with unyielding prey could explain its missing leg.

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