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Spiders on the hunt

APOLOGIES if you are looking at this while eating but the large Sydney Huntsman (in Queensland known as the Grey Huntsman) is certainly enjoying its meal.

The ideal weather conditions have brought spiders out all over the Gympie region.

The species name for this spider means enormous and this specimen has a head to tail measurement of about 50mm and across the legs of about 155mm. A large spider indeed.

Huntsmen spiders do not build webs to catch prey, relying on waiting and pouncing. They are strong enough to subdue frogs and mice and once caught the juices are sucked out of their prey.

The large Hawk moth caterpillar being sucked dry would not have presented much of a challenge but provides plenty of food.

Huntsmen are non poisonous but a bite from a large specimen can cause localised numbness.

Reputed to cause numerous car accidents when found inside a car, these spiders do a great job in insect control and are in turn preyed on by large geckoes, though a standoff is the more usual result of any confrontation.

Daddy long-legs spiders also prey on Huntsmen.

The Grey Huntsman is identified by the size and black dorsal stripe.

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