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Subject:  Hairy Momma?
Geographic location of the bug:  Oroville, CA (Butte County)
Date: 01/28/2020
Time: 06:17 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this hairy lurker on the inside of the doorjamb of an old truck in mid January 2020.  Weather’s been in the 40-60*F range, with rain.  Grabbed a quick photo, but can’t find a plausible ID anywhere….can you help?
Thinking this may be a female in the process of establishing an egg sac, perhaps?  Gorgeous, but too hairy for most IDs to match.
How you want your letter signed:  Cole

Golden Huntsman Spider

Dear Cole,
This is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the genus
Olios, probably Olios giganteus, a Golden Huntsman Spider.  According to Spider ID:  “Egg sac is spun inside a large, spherical retreat (about 25mm in diameter) in which the female spider also resides, guarding the sac and the spiderlings that emerge from it.”  According to Backyard Nature:  “This Southwestern US and Mexican, arid-land, nocturnal species is known to spin silken “retreats” in which it may spend the day, or to complete molting. Also, the female may spin such a retreat to stay in as she guards her egg sac and the spiderlings who emerge from the sac.”  This species is also represented on BugGuide.

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Subject:  Huntsman Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix, AZ
Date: 09/08/2019
Time: 06:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this rather large spider on my pool fence in summer. Leg span appeared to be around 4 inches or so.
How you want your letter signed:  Ed

Huntsman Spider

Dear Ed,
Thanks so much for sending in your detailed images of a Huntsman Spider in the genus

Huntsman Spider

Subject:  Banded Huntsman
Geographic location of the bug:  Wee Waa
Date: 05/02/2019
Time: 11:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is it rare to find Banded Huntsman so far from the coast?
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Banded Huntsman Spider

Dear Nick,
Thanks for sending in your image of a Banded Huntsman Spider.  According to Atlas of Living Australia, the species is reported even further inland than your location.

Subject:  Possibly Huntsman spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Bali, Indonesia
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 08:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this one in my hotel room and was unable to catch it. About the size of the palm of my hand. Judging from the pics on this site, it has the right “pacman” markings to be a Huntsman, but it doesn’t have the awkward legs and movements of other Huntsman spiders I’ve seen.  Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Jason

Male Huntsman Spider

Dear Jason,
This is indeed a Huntsman Spider and we believe it is a long legged male
Heteropoda venatoria, a species that has spread to many tropical ports because of the importation of bananas, giving it the common name Banana Spider.

Comment from Cesar Crash
Looks like Heteropoda, but I think H. venatoria never has this stripy legs, at least the ones introduced in Brazil, they are quite common here. This genus has so many species, many of them in Indonesia:


Subject:  Spider looks like Snuffleupagus!
Geographic location of the bug:  Singapore, Singapore
Date: 01/12/2019
Time: 04:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman. We spotted this rather large spider lounging atop a leaf in a shady area beside a path in a mangrove forest. My friend called it “Snuffleupagus” while I kept thinking “Davy Jones” from Pirates of the Caribbean. We’re hoping you can tell us the proper name of this pretty spider.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Huntsman Spider

Because of the increased length of the first two pairs of legs relative to the two pairs of hind legs, we are identifying your Spider as a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider in the family Sparassidae, and they eye arrangement also supports that family.  Huntsman Spiders are not considered dangerous to humans.  They are nocturnal hunters that do no build webs.  Some species even adapt to living with humans where they are tolerated because they feed on cockroaches, scorpions and other more problematic household visitors.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

Huntsman Spider

Thank you so much for the identification of the spider! It looked so strange with all legs splayed forward, I had thought it was a decaying flower until I saw the rows of eyes. Very grateful for your help solving our “snuffleupagus spider” mystery!
Dr Gan Su-lin

Subject:  Spider found in Walmart bananas
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 01/09/2019
Time: 11:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  A friend found this spider in the bananas they were stocking on a local Walmart. My reverse image search says wolf spider. Facebook comment says tarantula. Can you provide some clarification please? Love the site, and your insightful and thoughtful answers.
How you want your letter signed:  Joshua

Wandering Spider

Dear Joshua,
This is definitely NOT a spider native to New Jersey, and our best guess is that it was imported with the bananas from Costa Rica or Colombia or some other tropical country where they are grown.  It is NOT a Tarantula.  This sure looks to us like a Wandering Spider in the family Ctenidae or a Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae.  Here is a FlickR image of a Wandering Spider.  Some Wandering Spiders and Huntsman Spiders are reported to be quite venomous, so the gloves were a smart decision on the part of the handler.