What Eats Huntsman Spiders? Who Hunts The Hunted?

We know that huntsman spiders can eat insects, other spiders, and even small-sized animals like geckos and pygmy possums. But what eats huntsman spiders? Let’s find out!

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When walking around in the woods in western Australia, it is quite likely that you will find yourself face to face with one of the world’s fastest spiders, the Huntsman spider.

Known for their size, speed, and crab-like appearance (which is why they are also called giant crab spiders), these spiders are fierce predators.

But nature has a balance to everything, and the hunter can easily become the hunted when faced with a larger or smarter enemy.

Today, let us find out about the place of the Huntsman spiders on the natural food chain and who prey on these predators.

 

What Eats Huntsman Spiders

 

Do Birds Eat Huntsman Spiders?

Birds love to eat spiders, and that includes Australian huntsman spiders. Birds can find spiders all over the place, and they are usually pretty easy to hunt.

Birds are one of the primary predators of Huntsman spiders. Some birds that eat spiders are swallows, wrens, owls, crows, tanagers, and bluebirds.

Unlike what most people think, most arachnids are venomous but not poisonous. You can’t get poisoned just by touching a spider; it has to bite you and inject venom for the toxins to take effect.

Birds use this to their advantage, especially when it comes to Huntsman spiders. Huntsman spiders have poor eyesight. They feel their predators through their legs. Birds don’t attack them from the ground but from above, so the poor huntsman never has a chance.

Do Geckos Eat Huntsman Spiders?

The common house geckos crawling in your garden also love to eat Huntsman spiders around them.

Most geckos hunt spiders and small insects as their meal. However, with bigger creatures like the Huntsman spiders, it could go both ways.

In most cases, the geckos are likely to win. But sometimes, the huntsman spider will make a meal out of the gecko too.

 

What Eats Huntsman Spiders

 

Do Nematode Worms Eat Huntsman Spiders?

Nematodes are egg parasites (bacteria-eating scavengers). These tiny worms attack the mouth of the spider, paralyzing its fangs, leaving a relatively giant spider incapable of biting and thus hunting.

Once the spider loses its ability to hunt, it will start to die due to a lack of food. Meanwhile, these parasites feed on the bacteria in her body.

Do Wasps Eat Huntsman Spiders?

Yes, wasps, though small in size, can hunt and feed on even giant huntsman spiders. You will be surprised to know that the tiniest of wasps have extraordinary hunting abilities.

Spider wasps are notorious for using huntsman spiders are hosts for their larvae. Spider wasps hunt only those huntsman spiders that are below 6 inches in length. They attack the huntsman spider and then sting and paralyze it, dragging it back to their nest.

The wasp then incubates the spider with exactly one egg, and when the egg hatches, the larva comes out and eats the spider from the inside out. The larva is smart enough to eat the vital organs last, so the spider can live till the very end. Yes, it is a gruesome way to die, indeed.

Do Scorpions Eat Huntsman Spiders?

Scorpions of varying sizes come with their dietary preferences, which include insects, lizards, and other scorpions.

Most scorpions will eat Huntsman spiders if they find one, but it is unlikely that they will choose these arachnids as their regular food.

 

What Eats Huntsman Spiders

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Daddy Long Legs eat huntsman spiders?

Yes, Daddy Long Legs can eat Huntsman spiders. While they usually hunt smaller spiders and insects, they sometimes feed on bigger spiders like the brown huntsman.

Daddy Long Legs have strong, powerful legs (hence the name) that are well-suited for capturing and killing smaller prey.

What is the lifespan of a huntsman spider?

Huntsman spiders are known to live for an average of two years. Most Huntsman spiders shed off their old skin (molting), which helps them grow.

You can often find this skin on the loose bark on trees or crevices on rock walls, and you might even mistake it for an actual spider. The biggest huntsman spider can grow up to 2 inches with a leg span of 13 inches.

Do huntsman spiders eat other spiders?

The normal diet for a Huntsman spider consists of insects, reptiles, and other spiders as well. It is not an unusual event to see a Huntsman spider eat another spider. Usually, they go for a small species of spider that is easy to hunt.

Can huntsman spiders jump?

Huntsman spiders do not exactly jump. However, they can fall from a surface, and they may land on humans. The way they fall looks like they are jumping because of their crab-like appearance and crouched posture.

Wrap Up

Like every other creature in nature, Huntsman Spiders have their own predators and their prey. There are many surprising and no-surprising entries that you would have seen in this article, but yes, all of them can finish off a huntsman on any given day.

So which one of these predators did you find the most surprising? Let us know in the comments, and thank you for reading!

 

 

Reader Emails

Over the years, our readers have sent us several emails on this topic. Please go through them below.

Letter 1 – Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider

 

Deceased huntsman spider with unknown wasp
Location: Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, about 1km away from the pacific ocean.
November 13, 2011 11:45 pm
Hey, I got these series of pictures and this video outside on a warm summers day, on the 14th November, 2011. A warm summer summer in November must mean the southern hemisphere, indeed this image is taken on the eastern suburbs, in Sydney, Australia, about 1km away from the ocean.
Im fairly sure the spider is an huntsman spider but I do not know about the wasp. Does it normally prey on spiders and other large insects ? Where does it nest, and does it pose a threat to humans ?
(I live with my grandparents, and to say they are squeamish about insects is an understatement)
EDIT : I realized that the wasp has been featured previously on this site, however, I shall share these high resolution (if you think they are) images of what I found. I also catch huntsman spiders inside my home and release them too. I shall attach those too, if you wish to share them.
I hope you find the images to be of reasonable quality and I hope they will be useful for your site. You may repost/embed the video to your site too, if you wish.
Signature: Sufyan

Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider

Hi Sufyan,
We actually have this particular Food Chain drama posted to our website several times including this recent posting of a Spider Wasp and its Huntsman Spider prey.  We believe the Spider Wasp is
Cryptocheilus bicolor, but we do not feel confident trying to identify the Huntsman Spider to the species lever because there are so many Huntsman Spiders in Australia.

Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider

Spider Wasps are solitary wasps, and a female provisions the nest with paralyzed spiders for her brood.  The adult Spider Wasps feed upon pollen, and only the larval wasps are carnivores, but they are unable to hunt for themselves.  It is important to realize that this Huntsman Spider is paralyzed, not dead.  A dead spider would soon dry out, making it an unacceptable food for the larvae.  By paralyzing the Huntsman Spider, the living spider supplies the larval wasp with fresh meat.  The larva feeds upon non-vital meat first so that the spider is literally eaten alive.  Since the nest is underground and we have received so many images of this particular Spider Wasp scaling walls while dragging a large paralyzed Huntsman Spider, we have deduced that the Spider Wasp is unable to take off from the ground with such a heavy payload, but by climbing to gain altitude, it is able to fly or glide towards its burrow with the heavy Spider in tow.  Spider Wasps are not aggressive, though we suspect they may sting if provoked or carelessly handled.

Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider

 

 

Letter 2 – Spider Wasp with Rain (Huntsman) Spider prey from South Africa

 

Subject: Spider Wasp
Location: White River, South Africa
April 19, 2013 6:58 am
Hi Bugman
Thanks for your reply. As it happens I did take some photographs. My wife has most of the shots and it going to try and upgrade the quality of the photos, but I have attached three in their original state for your perusal.
Signature: Steve

Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider

Dear Steve,
Thank you so much for writing back and providing photos to the comment you posted on the Spider Wasp from South Africa posting.  Many Spider Wasps have a
metallic sheen and we are curious if your personal observations included the purplish color of the posting you commented upon.  We get most of our Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider submissions from Australia.  We are running a bit late this morning, but we will try to identify this species of Spider Wasp in the near future.  Your photos are wonderful.  We believe that the Spider Wasp might be dragging the Spider up the wall in an effort to glide as far as possible.  The wasp could never get off the ground with such a heavy payload, but by taking off from a higher elevation, she can still make use of flight to return to her burrow.

Spider Wasp with Rain Spider
Spider Wasp with Rain Spider

Thank you for reminding us that Huntsman Spiders are known as Rain Spiders in some parts of their range.  Your previous comment mentioned the pain of the sting.  Do you know this firsthand.  North American Tarantula Hawks, another large group of Spider Wasps, are also reported to have among the most painful stings of any insect.

Spider Wasp with Rain Spider
Spider Wasp with Rain Spider

 

Letter 3 – Australian Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider

 

Need help on unknown wasp?
Hi we just came across this “Wasp?” in our yard. We have never seen this type before, it was approx 2″ long and was dragging a rather large huntsman spider.I was hoping you could tell me what it is?
Many thanks
Susan…from Australia

Hi Susan,
First off, we want to appologize for taking a few days to get back to you. We don’t have much time to answer questions and some days we get tons of mail. When we opened your images today, we got very excited. We did a google search of spider wasp Australia, and were lead quickly to this site that identifies your Spider Wasp as Cryptocheilus bicolor, and specifically mentions its fondness for Huntsman Spiders. The site states: “Spider Wasps are active in gardens during summer months. The Spider Wasp most commonly encountered is Cryptocheilus bicolor . This is a very large (up to 35 mm long) black wasp with orange wings and legs and a broad orange band around its abdomen. It holds its wings up when resting but flicks them when it hops and runs about on its long legs. Spider wasps are often seen digging in soft sandy soil, dragging huntsman spiders along. “

Letter 4 – Second Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider from Australia in 8 days

 

Wasp?
Could you please id this insect for me. We took this picture on Christmas Day in Sydney.It was dragging away this huntsman spider(about 10cm across) and was very aggressive ,it chased away a bird that showed an interest in it’s prey,regards
Jamie

Hi Jamie,
This brightly colored Spider Wasp is Cryptocheilus bicolor and the Huntsman Spider is its typical prey. The adult wasp does not eat the spider. The spider provides food for the larvae. The spider is not dead, but paralyzed by the sting of the female wasp. She buries the spider, lays an egg, and the young larval wasp has a supply of fresh meat as it devours the living, paralyzed Huntsman Spider.

Letter 5 – Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider from Australia

 

Huntsman for lunch?
Hi Mr. Bugman,
Brilliant site but can it help an Oz/Brit? This glorious sight of (I think after 2 hours on your site) maybe a Spider wasp? She/he took it down the house wall, down 2 steps, accross the garage floor and was last seen carrying it over the front lawn. My husband walked too close and the wasp went for him. Duh…I took this photo yesterday in Halls Head, 95klicks south of Perth, Western Australia on a very hot humid day. We are about 100 metres from the Indian Ocean. Your spider wasps have a banded colour on their backs but I didn’t get close enough to see a band (I’m chicken). Thank you in advance Cheers
Karen Seviour

Hi Karen,
What a great image. In a general sense, a Spider Wasp is not a species. It is part of the family Pompilidae. Upon doing additional research, we found a site that we believe conclusively identifies your wasp as Cryptocheilus bicolor. The spider is definitely a Huntsman Spider, the typical prey for this wasp.

Letter 6 – Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider from Australia: Fourth example in a month!!!!!

 

HELP
Hello,
Can you please help me. I have attached a photograph taken in my mothers backyard and was wondering if you could identify the bug that was eating yes eating the huntsman spider. It is an Australian animal (sydney, australia). We have children around the house and wanted to know if it was harmfull the the children and the name of the insect. Any help would be fantastic. Thank you in advance.
Sonia

Hi Sonia,
This is the fourth example of a Spider Wasp, Cryptocheilus bicolor, preying on a Huntsman Spider we have received in the last month. The wasp does not eat the spider. She digs a hole and buries the spider after laying an egg. The larval wasp then has a fresh meal of paralyzed spider meat since the spider is alive and in a coma. Spider Wasps have a painful sting, but they are not aggressive.

Letter 7 – Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider in Australia

 

Subject: huntsman
Location: Perth,Western Australia
April 16, 2015 6:30 am
I just sent you a msg re-paraylised huntsman on my windowsill and didnt have the link to send a photo so here they are.
What can i do with it?

Subject: Huntsman Spider
April 16, 2015 6:02 am
I live in western Australia. Huntsman spiders are common but never really seen in my area, however with the change in weather in the last week i’ve seen 2 being dragged by wasps. One made it back to its nest while the other couldn’t quite get it up the wall into the tiny hole. Now i have a paraylised huntsman sitting on my windowsill and have no idea what to do with it. Can you help?
Signature: zoe

Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider

Dear Zoe,
Female Spider Wasps in the family Pompilidae sting and paralyze Spiders to feed their young, laying an egg on the paralyzed spider which provides living and fresh (not dead and dried out)
food for the developing larva that eats its still living meal.  Your letter did not indicate why the Spider Wasps left behind the spiders, but we would urge you to not interfere in the future if that is what happened.  It takes tremendous effort for a female Spider Wasp to provide for her brood.  If enough venom was injected into the spider, it will most likely not recover.  We have numerous postings from Australia of Spider Wasps and Huntsman Spider prey.

Hi Daniel, thank you for your reply. My apologies, I had sent 2 different questions the second just contained photo’s. I can promise I didn’t interfere with anything. I seem to have nesting’s of wasps under the house and also in the roof.  The wasp simply gave up trying to pull the huntsman up the wall. It went up and down 3 times, nearly getting there on the 3rd attempt but seemed to give up and left it on the windowsill. I know its pretty much a lost battle for the huntsman and I have left it alone incase the wasp came back but it has not. So I guess my question is what to do with the paralysed but still living spider on my window? What do you suggest?

We would let nature take its course because we are guessing it is on the outside.

Update:  May 14, 2015
Hi Daniel,
I have been in contact with you previously as you can see from the e-mails below with regards to a huntsman spider that was left on my windowsill. The reason I am getting back in contact with you is I need to move it because my son is nearly able to reach the sill and has taken interest in what’s sitting on it. So figuring as its been a month I went to move it and to my surprise our huntsman has flinched its body and its legs. So this is my predicament… I need to move it as my son will soon be able to grab it and probably will do if I’m not looking, and even though it was stung and paralysed by a wasp our huntsman seems to have regained some movement. The poor thing has been sitting there for a month but has shown me (only moments ago) that it has some fight left. What can I do? I would not feel right placing the huntsman just anywhere which is why I am asking for you to help guide me on the best possible solution which may just preserve this ones life should it fully recover. I do want to make clear also that I never interfere with nature and its way of life but certain situations like this sometimes need a little helping hand however big or small.
I would really appreciate it if you could advise me on the best place to put him, I am simply not going to just throw him in the bin or out on the lawn.
Many thanks in advance, I look forward to your reply
Kind Regards
Zoe Delaney

Hi Zoe,
We would suggest a sheltered location outdoors, perhaps under an overturned flower pot or some other place that will offer some protection from predators and the elements.

Letter 8 – Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider prey

 

Question and photo…
Hi,
In our garage we have lots of these small, grey, oval-shaped things hanging from the ceiling. There appears to be something like a small worm protruding from the top. Sometimes, I see these little guys climbing up walls – then you can see the worm/caterpillar-like bug doing its thing. Any idea what they are? Also, please find attached a photo I took of a wasp dragging a very large Huntsman spider across our back yard here in Sydney, up over the fence, and then away in our neighbour’s yard. Best regards,
Ian Nicholson

Hi Ian,
Your mysterious things sound like Case Bearing Moth Larvae. We get letters concerning them from many parts of the globe. Your Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider photo is positively gorgeous.

Further Query: (01/03/2008)
Hi Daniel,
In the wasp and huntsman photo I sent you, can you please tell me the type of wasp? I had the photo published in a local paper and someone wrote in to say that this wasp is not a chalcidoidea, but of the symphyta suborder. Can you please clarify? Also, I watched this wasp drag that spider 15 metres across my lawn and then haul it up over the fence and into the neighbour’s garden. I presume this is to take the spider to a prepared burrow in order to lay an egg with it. The writer in the newspaper says our wasps in Australia do no such thing, but there’s the photo. Again, can you expand upon the behaviour of the wasp in the photo? Best regards,
Ian

Hi Ian,
Between 17 December 2006 and 22 January 2007, we received four letters from Australia of Spider Wasps with Huntsman Spider prey. They can be found in several places on our website, but they are grouped together on the Wasp 3 page. None of those photos are anywhere near as gorgeous as the one you sent. At that time, we correctly identified the Wasp as Cryptocheilus bicolor, a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae. The Australia Museum Online site has a photo and information including: “Spider wasps are often seen digging in soft sandy soil, dragging huntsman spiders along. The wasps you are most likely to see and hear are female wasps preparing nest chambers for their larvae. They dig a burrow using long spines on their front legs, then search rapidly around tree trunks and on the ground for a spider. The wasp stings the spider to paralyse it, and drags it back to the burrow. She then lays an egg on the spider’s body, and seals it in a chamber or cell at the end of the burrow. The larva hatches and feeds on the body of the spider before pupating in a thin silky cocoon in the cell.” If the Australia Museum site isn’t enough evidence for you to dispell the misinformation supplied by the person who wrote to the newspaper, you can also turn to the Brisbane Insect website.

Letter 9 – Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider Prey hit with Broom in Australia

 

wasp
Location: melbourne, australia
December 18, 2011 6:42 am
This huge ie 4-5 cm wasp was dragging huntsman spider up the window. Spider still seemed alive
I live in Melbourne, Australia and it is December-beginning of Summer.
Wasp not aggressive to me, BUT NOT HAPPY when I hit it with a broom. It dropped twitching spider & flew off!
Signature: Dom

Spider Wasp and Huntsman Spider Prey

Dear Dom,
We have several excellent images of Australian Spider Wasps with Huntsman Spider prey in our archives.  The female Spider Wasp stings and paralyzes the Spider and then drags it back to her burrow to act as food for her brood.  The adult wasps feed on nectar.  We can imagine that it is a difficult task for the female Spider Wasp to locate her prey, sting it and then begin the long haul back to her burrow, and it is quite unfortunate that your broom hitting incident interrupted her task.  We hope that now that you are better informed, you will allow these food chain dramas to play out without unnecessary interventions in the future.

 

Letter 10 – Spider Wasp attacks Huntsman Spider in Hong Kong

 

Subject: Strange bug
Location: Hong Kong/China
April 13, 2013 7:32 am
We were in china last summer, and we saw this strange bug with purple wings and orange legs, it seemed to be eating a spider. It was as big as a pointer finger, and really scary.
I took the picture.
Signature: -Catie

Spider Wasp attacks Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp attacks Huntsman Spider

Dear Catie,
The predator is a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae and the prey appears to be a Huntsman Spider in the family Sparassidae.  The spider is not being eaten by the wasp.  Female Spider Wasps hunt and paralyze Spiders to feed to their broods.  The paralyzed spider provides fresh, not dry meat for the developing wasp larva.

Letter 11 – Spider Wasp paralyzes Huntsman Spider in Australia

 

Huntsman got hunted
Location: North Burnett. Queensland. AU.
January 20, 2011 11:33 pm
Hi guys,
Here are some shots of a Huntsman that had the tables turned by a Spider Hunter Wasp. She has dragged it back to her burrow and is taking it inside for later.
Signature: aussietrev

Spider Wasp paralyzes Huntsman Spider

Hi Trevor,
Thanks so much for sending us this wonderful documentation of an Australia Spider Wasp paralyzing a large Huntsman Spider.  We found some information on the Brisbane Insect Website indicating that this is a Spider Wasp in the genus
Fabriogenia.  It is also important to note that while this is being filed under Food Chain, the female Spider Wasp feeds on nectar and pollen and that the Huntsman Spider will provide nourishment for her brood.

Letter 12 – Spider Wasp paralyzes Huntsman Spider in Australia

 

Subject: what is this spider killer?
Location: perth western Australia
November 16, 2012 11:52 pm
Hi,
found this in our front garden it had just killed the spider. it was dragging it up our fence.
Could you please tell us what it is.
Signature: martyn white

Spider Wasp captures Huntsman Spider

Hi Martyn,
On a regular basis, generally each year, we get at least on request to identify this spectacular Spider Wasp,
Cryptocheilus bicolor, when it is photographed dragging a Huntsman Spider in Australia.  Only the female Spider Wasp hunts for Huntsman Spiders, and she does not do it to eat.  Rather she provisions a nest with paralyzed, but still living, spiders that provide a food source for her brood.  Dead spiders would quickly dry up and become inedible for the developing larva.  If the spider is merely paralyzed, it remains alive and the larva feeds on the nonvital organs first, ensuring the the meal will always remain fresh.  This same behavior is constant in Spider Wasps from around the world, regardless of the species.  The North American Tarantula Hawksare among the world’s largest Spider Wasps. 

Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider prey

Hi,
Thank you being new to Australia I have just moved here from the uk, I thought it was an amazing thing to see.
Your site is amazing too, a real font of knowledge, I have sent a link to my son in the uk who loves this stuff.
Thanks again
Martyn

Letter 13 – Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider in Australia

 

Subject: Wasp and it’s eight legged prey
Location: Mooroolbark, Victoria, Australia
December 18, 2014 1:11 am
Hi,
I saw this wasp yesterday (December 18) and as you can see it has caught a spider, and quite a large one. The wasp itself was about an inch long maybe (as you can see in the pics it’s about half the height of a standard house brick).
I didn’t see the initial attack, but was walking by and saw it dragging the spider by its face (do spiders even have “faces”? haha) through the leaf litter by the side of the house. I watched it drag the spider at least 5 meters to the front of the house where it then hauled it up the wall with apparent ease (the first picture) and pulled it into the gap in the bricks as demonstrated in the last picture.
I found the whole thing quite amazing. It was like watching a documentary 🙂
I would love to know what kind of wasp this is. Pity I couldn’t get better pictures, but hopefully they’re enough to identify this awesome wasp.
I was also wondering a few things about the spider. If that spider was on my bedroom wall, I would call it a “Huntsman” but I don’t know it’s actual name. Was the spider going to end up as the wasps meal, or was the spider going to have eggs laid in it, so they can hatch and consume the spider alive? Is that even something wasps do or am I just being creative? Haha
Thanks
I’m wondering if the spider is for food, or whether it’s for the wasp to deposit eggs into.
Signature: Matt P

Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp preys upon Huntsman Spider

Dear Matt,
We have no shortage of Australian Spider Wasps with their Huntsman Spider (yes your ID on the spider is correct) prey on our site, most likely because they are a common Australian summer sighting that corresponds to the dearth of interesting North American sightings of our northern winter.  You are also correct that the female Spider Wasp will lay an egg on the Huntsman Spider which will provide a fresh meal for the developing Spider Wasp larva as it feeds on the still living but paralyzed Huntsman Spider.  We believe the Spider Wasp is
Cryptocheilus bicolor.  Spider Wasps will frequently climb a wall or fence dragging the Huntsman Spider so they can glide with the prey as it would be too difficult to take off from the ground with such a heavy load.

Letter 14 – Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider from Australia

 

Subject: Australian Unknown – Newport, Victoria
Location: Newport, Victoria, Australia
March 8, 2013 2:59 am
This unknown bug was photographed on 3/8/13 in Newport, Victoria, Australia. It is dragging a dead Huntsman spider.
Please identify, if possible. Sorry about the blurry pic.
Thanks for the help!
Signature: Chuck

Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider

Dear Chuck,
Despite the blurry photos, we have not probems with this identification because we have seen this particular drama play out numerous times in the past.  We regularly get submissions of Spider Wasps with Huntsman Spider prey from Australia, and your wasp appears to be
Cryptocheilus bicolor, a relatively common species in Australia.  Only the female hunts spiders, and only the female is capable of stinging.  The Huntsman Spider will not be eaten by the wasp that hunted it, but rather by her progeny.  She will drag the spider back to a burrow and bury it after laying a single egg.  The spider isn’t dead, but rather paralyzed, and it will supply the wasp larva with fresh meat.  The larva will eat nonvital organs first and the spider will be eaten alive.

Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider
Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider

 

Letter 15 – Spider Wasp with Huntsman Spider in Australia

 

What is this???
Hi,
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this thing. It killed a smallish huntsman it was outside my house in Melbourne, Australia on a day when it was 39 degrees Celsius. It freaked us out!!!!!! Please help. It has a real big nasty stinger on its rear end as well. Thanks
Ross

Hi Ross,
Yours is the third photo we have gotten in the past month of a Spider Wasp, Cryptocheilus bicolor, with a Huntsman Spider.

9 thoughts on “What Eats Huntsman Spiders? Who Hunts The Hunted?”

  1. I was looking at the pictures of the spider wasp and I believe it said they live in Africa but my family and I seen that identical wasp with a spider the same size and color as the one in the photo, in our woods. We live in Amelia, Ohio (USA). I wanted to comment to see if it we are mistaken by what kind of wasp we seen but I’m 100% positive we seen right. At first site it looked as if the spider had the wasp but when we ran off the wasp the spider wouldn’t move and seconds later the wasp was back, it found the spider, and off it went. Is it possible it was a wasp spider in Ohio???

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  2. I see these Wasps capturing Rain Spiders (Huntsman Spiders) quite often here in South Africa where I stay (Randfontein). I have also experienced its sting and I can tell you that this is quite painful in comparison to a bee sting. There were actually a little blood coming out of the sting. But luckily the pain was over quickly and only a little “spot” remained.
    I also captured a photo of this wasp dragging a Rain spider to its nest.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49257441198/in/dateposted/ The one time I saw a lizard and a wasp fighting over a smaller spider.

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  3. I see these Wasps capturing Rain Spiders (Huntsman Spiders) quite often here in South Africa where I stay (Randfontein). I have also experienced its sting and I can tell you that this is quite painful in comparison to a bee sting. There were actually a little blood coming out of the sting. But luckily the pain was over quickly and only a little “spot” remained.
    I also captured a photo of this wasp dragging a Rain spider to its nest.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49257441198/in/dateposted/ The one time I saw a lizard and a wasp fighting over a smaller spider.

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