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December 15, 2014
Book Review:  A Huntsman Spider in My House by Michelle Ray and illustrated by Sylvie Ashford
We quickly jumped on the opportunity to review Michelle Ray’s new children’s book and we are pleased to endorse the message it conveys.  The home does contain many unwelcome pests, but there are also many beneficial species that either accidentally or purposely find themselves inside.  Huntsman Spiders are common in Australia, and they are generally considered benign creatures that do no harm to human inhabitants, yet they are frequently subject to unnecessary carnage because they are large and scary appearing to the uninformed public.  The young, nameless female protagonist of Sylvie Ashford’s charming book speaks in rhyme as she explains the habits of Huntsman Spiders to children as well as to the adults that read the book aloud.  Our personal favorite of all of Sylvie Ashford’s colorful illustrations is the one that accompanies the text “I could squash him with my shoe, but he’s not hurting me.”  We thoroughly endorse educating young children to have more tolerance for the lower beasts in hope of reducing Unnecessary Carnage.  This book is suitable for young children learning to read and it has particular relevance for Australian children.  This book is a nice stocking stuffer.

Unnecessary Carnage averted:  "I could squash him with my shoe, but he's not hurting me."  Illustration by Sylvie Ashford

Unnecessary Carnage averted: “I could squash him with my shoe, but he’s not hurting me.” Illustration by Sylvie Ashford

Subject: Huntsman Spider Children’s Book Review Request
Website: www.littleaussiecritters.com
November 29, 2014 12:43 am
Hi Daniel
I hope you are well.
My name is Michelle Ray and I am a childrens author from Sydney, Australia.
I would like to ask if you would consider writing an honest review on your blog of my new children’s picture book titled ‘A Huntsman Spider In My House’ for 0-5 years, it is educational, charmingly illustrated and fun.
I would love to send you a copy.
I love your blog, book and ethos and support your efforts to promote the life of bugs and spiders of course!
If you are willing, I will pop one in the post to you – please let me know where to send it and if you have any other thoughts.
I hope to hear from you,
best wishes,
Michelle Ray
www.littleaussiecritters.com
Signature: Michelle Ray

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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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