And she was the most beautiful, fresh and exquisite green. A species of the genus Neosparassus, a Green Huntsman spider. Ed found her crawling on the back of our couch in the lounge two nights ago. I have never seen one of these before, and after some time consulting the internet, and a few emails to the Museum of Western Australia and to my zoologist Dad (who then emailed my photographs on to an eminent arachnologist friend of his….), my identification was correct as a sparassid. And, no, they aren’t seen that often, possibly as they belong high up in Eucalypt foliage where it is green….and possibly because people aren’t looking all that often! We released her this evening onto suitable Wandoo foliage, where she might blend and not become an instant honeyeater feast. She promptly fell to ground, despite our careful efforts,and we had to walk away and hope for the best! A stunning spider encounter.
I was able to photograph her extensively in the morning, as it was cool, and she wasn’t very active. Later in the day, she was much more awake, and rearing up in pre-bite mode. Huntsmen spiders can inflict a painful bite, but as they rear up prior to biting, a bite is easy to avoid.
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Pingelly Western Australia
Fujifilm Finepix S1500, auto and super Macro settings