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Huntsman Spider Snared with 777!!!

Huntsman Spider Snared with 777!!!

Caught with Adhesive
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
October 25, 2014 6:27 PM
We have numerous unanswered identification requests in our mailbox, yet we are indulging ourselves by posting this image of a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the genus Olios that was found dead under a poster that was adhered to a board with industrial strength adhesive.
  This is only the second time we have seen one on our grounds in Mount Washington, and the first one took refuge in the fence.

FENCE:  Home to many spiders.

FENCE: Home to many spiders.

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Subject: Spider
Location: Barbados
September 20, 2014 1:21 pm
Has been in my bathroom in Barbados for the last few days. Shows no fear of me but tends to stay high on the wall.
Signature: Huh?

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear Huh?,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  These are hunting spiders that do not build webs, and their presence is frequently tolerated in warmer climates as they help to control the populations of Cockroaches and other undesirable insects inside the home.  We believe this is a female
Heteropoda venatoria.

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Subject: Large Brown Spider
Location: West Coast, USA, California
August 15, 2014 11:25 pm
I have a friend in Southern California that’s been finding large brown spiders in her house for the last few years, they have approximately a 5-6 inch leg span with a dark brown stripe on the butt. The only Californian spider I could find that was similar in body type was the long legged sac spider. I’ve attached a picture she took of one in her house, Any help would be appreciated; She’s lived in California for 30 years and has only started seeing these guys recently.
Signature: Scorpio Maurus

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear Scorpio Maurus,
There is not enough detail in this image to verify the species with certainty, but we are confident that this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  Many species are nocturnal predators that wander about in search of prey including Cockroaches.  They hunt without building webs.  North American Huntsman Spiders are considered harmless.  This may be
Olios giganteus, and as you can see by comparing your description to this and other images on BugGuide, there is a dark brown stripe on the abdomen.

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Subject: Vietnam cave dwelling spider
Location: Marble mountains, near Da Nang, Vietnam
April 13, 2014 12:23 pm
We were exploring a dark cave, in the marble mountains, near Hoi An, Vietnam, in March this year, and came across this spider. It’s hard to tell in the photo we took but it’s leg span was approx 5-6 inches. It had striped markings on it. It was in a pitch black cave, we discovered it trying to find our way using a camera flash! Would be really interested to find out what kind of spider it is!
Signature: KH

Possibly Huntsman Spider

Possibly Huntsman Spider

Dear KH,
We cannot say for certain, but the general shape of this spider as well as the size you indicate leads us to believe this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  We will attempt additional research.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. That is really interesting, thank you!
Best wishes,
Kate

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Subject: what’s this bug?
Location: CaboSan Lucas, Baja MEXICO
March 29, 2014 12:39 pm
I saw this human palm sized spider in Cabo San Lucas Baja Mexico in February.
can you identify?
Signature: Okienap

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Okienap,
This male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, is most likely originally from Central America, however, its range was greatly expanded to many warm climates with harbors because the Huntsman Spiders were transported with shipments of bananas, earning them the common name Banana Spider.  According to BugGuide:  “Can be swift and sometimes aggressive but not considered dangerously venomous to humans. May bite in self-defense if roughly handled; mildly painful bite (can be likened to a bee sting if spider injects venom).”  These Huntsman Spiders are frequently tolerated because they are nocturnal hunters that help to control cockroach populations.

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Subject: Large spider from Fiji
Location: Namotu, Fiji
March 28, 2014 6:20 pm
My wife noticed this gigantic spider when she went to take a shower. After assuring that she was ok, I grabbed my camera. It was about 3 inches across.
Signature: Donald Gudehus

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Hi Donald,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae.  Most are harmless, but there are some tropical species that are quite poisonous.  Ryan PHotographic has some images taken in Fiji.

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