Standing beside a Scribbly Gum yesterday that has peeling bark, I noticed a couple of Huntsman spiders hiding underneath a section of the bark.
One was awake and ran away as soon as I looked at it. The other was either sleepy or decided that freezing was the best survival strategy. It hunkered down and hoped I would move on, alas for it, I decided to photograph it.
My super duper Canon D60 was at home. However the best camera is the one you have on you and are going to use – iPhone to the rescue. Not my number one choice for a camera, but it indubitably is a lot lighter and more portable than my CanonDSLR.
The Huntsman had its legs curled up, so I gave it a very gentle nudge on the abdomen, hoping it might move slightly.
It took a step or two (or eight) and froze again, perfect’o.
Snap snap went the iPhone. Without my reading glasses on, the iPhone can be bloody difficult to focus on the particular section I envisage. However, every now and then it surprises me and takes a decent photo, more so when taking macros.
This is a Speckled Badge Huntsman. About 70mm including the legs. Not a particularly large specimen but quite photogenic with the Scribbly Gums colours and patterns.
One of my favourite spiders, that is non-aggressive. I have no problem letting them crawl around on my arms.
Anyway, back to my walk…
The below photo is a close up, showing off the amazing hairy-ness of spiders. Also look for the eight eyes across the cephalothorax.
The Cephalothorax is the front section of the spider that all the appendages are attached to, except the Abdomen which is the rear body.