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Subject: Spider in Bali
Location: Bali
January 15, 2016 5:13 pm
Hi, we have a couple of these in our place in Bali, just wondering if there is anything we should know about it.
Signature: L

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear L,
This is a male Huntsman Spider,
Heteropoda venatoria, and it is missing several legs.  This particular species of Huntsman Spider has spread to many warm and temperate port cities around the world, probably by stowing away on ships in shipments of bananas.  They are a harmless species of hunting spider that feeds by hunting prey rather than snaring prey in a web.  They are tolerated in many places because they feed on Cockroaches and other undesirable household pests by stalking them at night.  Huntsman Spiders are quite shy, usually hiding by day and hunting by night.

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Subject: Desert Spider
Location: Borrego Springs, Calif.
November 1, 2015 3:15 pm
I took down a window screen to clean it and found this spider. Oct. 2015. There was only this one. No web, egg cases or anything else seen nearby. It was not aggressive and did not try very hard to get away. I turned it loose in the garden shed. Is it a juvenile tarantula or what? Thanks.
Signature: Don de los Encinos

Golden Huntsman Spider

Golden Huntsman Spider

Dear Don,
This ferocious looking, but harmless Giant Crab Spider is a Golden Huntsman Spider,
Olios giganteus, a species that is found in  “CA, AZ, NM, TX, UT, NV” according to BugGuide.

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Subject: Strange spider
Location: Shoalhaven Heads, NSW, Australi
September 22, 2015 1:57 am
Hi , I found this one in our kitchen. It’s about 4cm (leg span) in the Shoalhaven region of NSW Australia. I’ve not seen anything like it before. I have caught it .
Signature: Thank you in advance.. Ricky

Green Huntsman Spider

Green Huntsman Spider

Dear Ricky,
This is definitely a Huntsman Spider and because of its coloration, we believe it is an undescribed Green Huntsman Spider, which is pictured on Oz Animals.

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Subject: What’s this spider
Location: Regional Victoria, Australia
August 10, 2015 3:55 am
Found this scary looking thing on a piece of wood. Wondering what it is? Looks like a huntsman on steroids
Signature: :)

Huntsman Spider in Threat Position

Huntsman Spider in Threat Position

Dear :),
This is certainly a Huntsman Spider and it is in a classic threat position.  Because of the striped legs, we believe this may be a member of the genus
Holconia and there are similar looking images on Arachne.org and the Brisbane Insect site.  Your image is quite amazing.

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Subject: Kauai Vacation Home Spider
Location: Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
May 13, 2015 11:44 pm
Mr. Bugman,
I first identified a spider in the laundry area of the house I’m renting using your site. It appeared to be a Huntsman Spider and it made sense, it’s damp and I’ve seen a cockroach or two in there. I named that spider Dick and he’s 4-5″ big. Now I just scared the bajesus out of myself finding a much larger spider, who I named Bob which is twice as large as Dick, near the area that Dick is (or was, Dick looks a little rough like he got beat up by Bob).
I’m sure it’s just another Huntsman Spider but I wanted to share it with your site.
Signature: Kauai Spider Bro?

Huntsman spider

Huntsman spider

You are correct that this is a Huntsman Spider, probably Heteropoda venatoria, but we think you should change Bob’s name to Roberta as we believe she is a female.

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Subject: What’s this spider
Location: Eastern Caribbean-Nevis
May 8, 2015 5:36 pm
Hi,
I live in the Caribbean, St. Kitts & Nevis. We have a spider recently that I’m not familiar with and don’t like finding in my shower as I am a spider phobe! I have a friend who has started finding these at their house also and she does not like them any better than I do. Can you please tell me what it might be and if it has any sort of nasty bite? I’ve had a couple of bad bites in my time that were not fun at all.
Thank you when and if you can answer!
Signature: islandlady

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear islandlady,
We agree with your comment that this is a Huntsman Spider.

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