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Largest Spider I've Seen Here! Can Anyone ID?

28 Sep 2011
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Strangely it seems to have seven legs… just like this one . Cannot be the same one…. can it? They were found in completely different areas.
I have now learnt that spiders come out when you water their webs. They like to drink the water and/or are looking for something in them. The other day in the shady garden I was fricken horrified at how many spiders webs were illuminated by water droplets, and then even more horrified when all the owners came out to investigate. Horrified but also entranced. And happy at how many aphids were caught in their webs.

Ugh – any way does anyone know this spider? If I put it on my hand it would be as wide as my thumb and longer than the whole thing. Not sure it’s size is coming through in the photos….. Cheers.






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No, definitely not the same… The first one resembles our European Metelina sp. of which in my region the ‘herfststpin’ (autumn spider) is very abundant at this moment. I’m almost sure that the other spin is of the Tetragnathidae family, a family of spiders with an elongated aspect with long legs and prominent mouth parts.

This is surely from another family – and no idea which one.

But I often see spiders with a leg missing… seems not to hinder them so much ;-).

Posted on 29 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

It’s handy to have 8 legs if you are going to lose one it’s not so bad. It’s certainly awesome looking and at that size I’m sure he/she consumes quite a few aphids!

Posted on 29 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

Thanks lades. BugID service of Melbourne has identified the first one as a Golden Orb Weaving Spider but has yet to get back to me about this brute. :)

Posted on 29 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

It could be any of the huntsman spiders or the larger orb-weavers. It’s on vegetation so that’s preferrable to a ground dwelling spider here in Australia – at least it’s not a trap door or funnel web, they burrow and have very toxic venom, even for we humans. They do, however, leave their burrows and go wandering during mating season. I don’t know how true it is, but I was told years ago that, generally speaking, web building spiders are less venomous than ambush predators which rely on their venom to paralyse their prey. Of course there are exceptions such as the redback which builds a sticky web but is still highly venomous. I’d love to hear what the final verdict is from the BugID service.
As for size, my husband and I were walking through a rainforest in Kuranda (N.Qld) and came across a bird-eating spider. I didn’t see it, knowing I was arachniphobic my husband told me not to look – but he saw it and said it was the size of a dinner plate! I grew up in an area which was a breeding ground for trap door spiders – I find them under my bed, in my shoes, in my wardrobe, – that’s enough to send anyone batty – to this day I still carefully shake out shoes before I put my feet in them.

Posted on 30 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

Bug ID confirmed it’s a huntsman. Yay.
OMG bird eating spider. To borrow a quote from another folian.. that is sphincter clenching gross. My boyfriend gets exasperated with my lack of care for my safety. We have many redbacks etc but I still fling myself around the shed and yard as if I am made of steel. I should be more careful with checking shoes etc. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted on 02 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

Lovely photo. I think I quite like spiders but I think that is because we don’t have any dangerous ones in England. There is what I call a ‘Bath Spider’ in my house (because you quite often find them in the bath) that trundles up the hall way every eveing at 9.30 on its way to the TV room(presumably to catch the news at 10) and that is about the biggest I have seen. Now it is autum we have been treated to may dewy mornings and loads of pretty spider webs in the hedgerows.

Posted on 09 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

lol that is funny Motherhen, makes me remember when I was walking through around this huge barrow in England with my cousin last year. A spider landed on me and I saw it crawl under my jacket right near my chest. I instantly broke into a cold sweat, threw my expensive camera to the ground and stripped myself down to my undershirt within half a second. My cousin nearly had to slap me “MELISSAMELISSA- NOTHING BITES HERE!!” ha ha. I calmed down instantly. Pure Australian reaction, not arachnophobia. Golden memory. :)
That’s so funny that your spider has a schedule! I don’t think my cat would allow that kind of resident here :)

Posted on 10 Oct 11 (over 4 years ago)

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