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The Hunter by Trevor Needham

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We were sitting watching TV one night, at home in Kallaroo, WA, when this huntsman spider (family Sparassidae) suddenly appeared, scuttling along the wall near the ceiling. This is NOT a macro shot – it was a decent sized spider. He would have just about covered the palm of my hand (I didn’t test this theory).

They are not considered dangerous to humans. They will bite if harassed but a bit of pain and swelling is about the worst you would suffer.

There are many species of huntsman in many parts of the world. According to Wikipedia there is a species in Laos that can attain a legspan of 250–300 mm (9.8–11.8 in).

A 12 inch spider? I’d love to meet one someday!


spider, huntsman, arachnid


  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 5 years ago

    Wow, looks pretty big, I don’t think I’d have tested that theory either ;) Nicely captured!

  • Hehe – I’ll pluck up the courage one day – it would be cool to have one walk on me! Thanks, Daniel.

    – Trevor Needham

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 5 years ago

    Oh, my gosh!! Great capture! I’m afraid I wouldn’t have been brave enough to get such a clear shot!

  • Thanks Deb. Didn’t have to get so close to this one – he was big enough to use the 18-70mm lens from a couple of feet away!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks Rick.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 5 years ago

    Great shot Trevor, I put one outside last night caught at the end of a broom of course. They are usually obliging and climb on the broom head. I would not want to hurt them, they are harmless even though scary characters.:-)

  • Totally agree about not hurting them – they are just trying to survive like the rest of us! I put this one out the door too. Thanks Tom.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks Antanas

    – Trevor Needham

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