Warning to arachnophobia sufferers!
Spider pictures to follow!
I've got an interloper in my study at the moment and I have to say he's been very distracting! He's a huntsman and he's living behind the pin board above my desk. These spiders have very flat bodies and their unusual leg joints allow them to scuttle sideways like a crab - which helps them slip into cracks and crevices. Ideal for setting up home behind picture frames... and pinboards!
Here he is just hanging out on his "front porch"
"What's up for the next blog topic?"
"BlueTac for supper, anyone?"
Actually, I think he's got a bit of a cheek moving in behind my pin board. I read up on them and these timid spiders like nice quiet places that are infrequently disturbed. In my defense, I'd like to say that, just because I'm sitting quietly, it doesn't mean that nothing is going on!
They're not aggressive but they are a largish spider and when they get excited, they run around in a flurry of long hairy legs. We had a moment during this photo shoot where we both got a little hysterical - there was a lot of leg waving (his) and hand trembling (mine) but then he settled down again. They can bite but only when disturbed and they aren't toxic to humans.
Huntsmans don't like to get their feet wet and in southern Africa they're called "rain spiders" because their appearance indoors means rain is on the way. So I hope my spider is right - later today is looking promising with the remnants of a tropical cyclone drifting down from Queensland.
Australia has nearly one hundred and fifty huntsman species and Wikipaedia says that there are more than 1000 worldwide. That's a very big family!
Published on LoveCats DownUnder on February 4, 2010