Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

A Gentle Giant

Posted by Darren on April 18, 2011

I believe this magnificent spider is of the family Sparassidae, more commonly known as Huntsman Spiders.  I spotted this spider on some pavers after heavy rain, most likely from being flooded out of its garden habitat.  These spiders are not web builders and prefer to hunt on the ground for insects such as cockroaches which makes them a welcome addition to any garden.   I’m sure it’s not a favorite amongst the arachnophobes due to its large size, but they are not known to be overly aggressive or venomous to humans.

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2 Responses to “A Gentle Giant”

  1. nursey said

    Yikes!

  2. Jon Quist said

    Great shot! I wasn’t an arachnophobe till you made me feel like the pray with that close up!

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