Spiders give lots of people the creeps, but if there is one family of spiders that justify the fear it’s the extraordinary dangerous funnel-web spider. The Sydney funnel-web is probably the most dangerous spider (for its size) in the world. Strangely this spider is aggressive, and bites repeatedly and its painful bite is deadly to humans but NOT to many other mammals!! This female was a visitor to my sister’s pool. I’m not sure of the species but suspect Hadronyche formidabilis or Hadronyche infensa.

Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/4
Aperture Value 7.1
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Auto ISO Speed OFF
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Focal Length 100.0 mm
Image Quality RAW


  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...almost 4 years ago

    Wow great shot Norm but what you say in description it doesn’t sounds nice at all,i am not going to Sydney! :)

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    What a great shot !
    A bit too close for my liking to one of the few that I have a very healthy respect for … all the others are friends :)

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