Subject: Banded Huntsman Spider
Location: Near Cusco, Peru
May 24, 2012 6:51 am
Buenas Dias, Daniel! This beauty appeared in our kitchen 3 days ago. We see these guys all the time, they also come in solid black. This one is much larger and fatter than the usual, so we believe she is a female, possibly pregnant? We found her mate, maybe, dying on the windowsill. She is a little more coffee colored than this photo shows, but you get the idea. We’ll keep an eye on her for spiderlings. Loving your book, thanks for writing it!
Thanks for sending us your photo of a South American Huntsman Spider. We have been informed by Eric Eaton that the bite of some South American Huntsman Spiders can be dangerous to humans. We are happy to hear you are enjoying The Curious World of Bugs.
Uh oh. I believe you are absolutely correct – and from a quick wiki search, I need to move her outside. Thank you!!
Because of your thoughtful relocation, we are going to tag this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award. We should clarify that not all Huntsman Spiders are dangerous, however, we cannot vouch for the difference between harmless and dangerous species. Huntsman Spiders tend to be docile, nocturnal hunters that often prey upon Cockroaches. The should be considered beneficial.