Subject: Spider in 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.
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.