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6 Legged Spider??!!
Dear Bugman
This was on our beach chair on an island in The Maldives in February, can you tell me what sort of Spider this is? I’m assuming it’s lost 2 legs ! I’ve got 3 pictures but they’re too large to send together so this is 1 of 3 …. Many thanks,

Hi Sarah,
We can’t be more specific than that this is a Huntsman Spider or Giant Crab Spider. They are hunting spiders that do not build webs, and are generally not fond of brightly lit locations. We are guessing it had taken shelter in the chair and was surprised suddenly to be sunbathing.

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Dear Whatsthatbug,
I’ve recently returned from Oahu, Hawaii, where I found this 3 inch web-less spider sitting still behind a door for a few days. It caught my attention because of its size, and because it has, to me, the likeness of a Hawaiian-mask on its back. A quick internet search revealed nothing, to my surprise. What is it?
Thank you!

What an excellent photo of a male Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria.

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What’s that bug? Spider from Kauai, Hawaii
My wife and I enjoyed looking at the spider pictures and explanations on your website. I wonder — can you tell me what this huge spider is? We spotted it in the bathroom of the condo where we were staying in Kauai, HI. This one was probably about 7 inches in diameter (comparable in size to a softball). Thanks in advance!
Phil & Julie Hamlin

Hi Phil and Julie,
This is a male Huntsman Spider, Heteropoda venatoria, also known as a Banana Spider. It is one of the Giant Crab Spiders and has a nearly worldwide distribution in warm port cities. Its favorite food consists of cockroaches.

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third and final unknown for the day
This is the third unknown object found on a japanese maple today in Memphis, Tennessee. Is this an egg sac? It’s about an inch long and is suspended by a thin thread that spanned at least a foot between 2 branches.

Hi Tim,
This is a Spider Egg Sac. We have an old text that identifies eggs of this type as belonging to Cyclosa bifurca, but we believe that name may have been changed.

November 28, 2010
Today we received a new identification request which led us on an identification search on BugGuide that ended with a new identification for this egg sac configuration:  the Basilica Spider,
Mecynogea lemniscata.

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A Golden Huntsman, I presume? It was haunting the Ladies Room of our campground in Arches National Park, UT. Anyway, I think I got great contrast with the white painted wall & thought you may be able to use it. Let me know if was not correct in my ID.
Robert M.

Hi Robert,
You are correct. This is a Golden Huntsman Spider. We understand that Huntsman Spiders often haunt dark damp places, but why were you haunting the woman’s restroom, and with a camera no less?

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Hi There! I want to offer you some bugs and spiders, free!!!!!!
I Love your website and I also love spiders and insects and all the critters on earth! I am a photographer { hobby-not professionally} and have some photographs that I would love to donate to your website, free, {taken by me, so not stolen from any sites. If you can use them. I will be happy…and think that I have quite a few you may enjoy. I use a canon eos digital rebel, with macro, so my shots are not too shabby, though I am still working on not jumping and losing my focus when the spiders decide to jump in my lens: haha! I am Terri S. Heisele, and the pictures I give you are stamped, so you may probably be able to see the date stamp and info in properties if you right click them. I have re-sized them a bit and you may need to re-size as well to fit your site if you want to use them. I saw you had no photo of a spider that a lady asked about that looks like it has a smiley face on it….so maybe you can update your site with my photo…? I am including a spiny orb weaver {or two} and some odd little spider, tiny, that I photo’d on my own hand-then same spider much clearer on a stone patio table. I hope you enjoy using them, and please feel free to ask me if you need any specific species in Florida { EXCEPT ANY MEMBER OF THE COCKROACH FAMILY} as it is the one species I will run thru a wall to get away from! {not kidding!haha} I am a copyrighted photographer on the site known as Madmaven, and the photo I am submitting to you today of the “smiley face spider” and also one pic of my spiny orb spiders are on CAEDES, so don’t be alarmed, as they belong and are copyrighted to me, and my name in full is on site under madmaven. I hope you like these, and feel free to ask for my help anytime! FREE! 🙂 Best Wishes,
Terri S. Heisele
in St. Petersburg, Florida
PS: Your wonderful site helps me id many insects before I post them, so THANK YOU! I also love that you help educate people on all the wonderful living creatures around us!

Hi Terri,
Thanks for your letter and generous supply of images. For now, we only have time to post two of the spider images. The smiley faced spider you sent is actually an Orchard Spider in the genus Leucauge. The spiny spider can also be thought of as having a smiley face, and that is the Crablike Spiny Orb Weaver, Gasterocantha cancriformis.

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