Subject: Is this a Huntsman spider?
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
June 17, 2017 2:16 pm
My mom and I were at a bank drive thru in Arizona today, it’s 111° out right now, and we saw the biggest 6-legged spider that either of us had ever seen! It didn’t move much, but when it did it seemed to be very fast. The woman inside the bank said she could see it from where she was, it was that big!! In other posts, you’ve mentioned that Huntsman spiders are nocturnal, but this one was out during the middle of a hot day, albeit not in the sun. Can you tell me what kind of spider this was and if they are typically found in Arizona?
Thank you!
Signature: Tonya in AZ

Huntsman Spider

Dear Tonya,
You are correct that this is a Huntsman Spider in the genus
Olios, and though they are nocturnal hunters, this individual might have found itself far from shelter when the sun came up.  Missing legs seems to be a common occurrence among Huntsman Spiders.

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

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