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zadok_allen
02:27 pm


Is this a Dolomedes? Anyone able to narrow it down for me? Found in Florida, 4" leg span.

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From:a_aurantia
Date:August 9th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
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No clue, but love the picture! Poor thing is missing two legs and appears to be dehydrated. All in the interest of preserving that egg sac, I would presume. Nice shot.
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From:crssafox
Date:August 9th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
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It's a huntsman spider. They're common in Florida, especially areas where palmetto bugs are found. They're great for cockroach/palmetto pest control. You can easily identify them by their crab-like leg positioning. :)
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From:toadslyquinne
Date:August 9th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Yep, Huntsman spider! lovely photo and good work on the ID.</p>

...Sorry I'm never around anymore. :C

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From:crssafox
Date:August 9th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I have a love/hate relationship with huntsman spiders. I'm still squicked by spiders (though the best way for me to avoid my fear is to get to know them and study them) and the huntsman is one of the more aggressive types that will charge you if you startle it. We used to live less than a mile from the Atlantic ocean and had palmetto bugs all over the dunes (and thus, in our apartment) so the huntsman was everywhere. Though I must say that once we stopped pest control from spraying indoors (it was included in our rent) the spiders took over and our palmetto population went down, noticeably! I was impressed.

I love this photo though, especially what appears to be the reflection of an eye coming from inside the egg sac. I will admit that I find "huntsbabies" to be incredibly adorable. It's when they grow up that I get freaked out by them. :)
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From:zadok_allen
Date:August 9th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Just did a google image search for them, geez they are giants - you could make a meal out of one of those things!
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From:crssafox
Date:August 9th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I believe the Australian variety are larger than the ones we get in Florida, but yeah, they're big! I don't mind them so long as they stay out of sight and eat the bugs. :)
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From:singingnettle
Date:August 10th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
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What a great photo catch! Huntsbabies!
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From:zadok_allen
Date:August 12th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
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All photo credit goes to ianthes - she's got some great pictures of other insects over in her journal too.

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