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Huntsman spider with egg sac by melvynyeo Huntsman spider with egg sac by melvynyeo
Smallest huntsman i encounter. 1cm including the legs.

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As adults, huntsman spiders do not build webs, but hunt and forage for food: their diet consists primarily of insects and other invertebrates, and occasionally small skinks and geckos. They live in the crevices of tree bark, but will frequently wander into homes and vehicles. They are able to travel extremely fast, often using a springing jump while running, and walk on walls and even on ceilings. They also tend to exhibit a "cling" reflex if picked up, making them difficult to shake off and much more likely to bite. The females are fierce defenders of their egg sacs and young. They will generally make a threat display if provoked, but if the warning is ignored they may attack and bite. The egg sacs differ fairly widely among the various genera. For example, Palystes females generally suspend large purses in bushes. The sac is reinforced with dead leaves and similar material; if built indoors without disturbance, scraps of paper might be collected and used instead.
However, other genera build different sacs; Pseudomicrommata makes its nest in Eragrostis grass and may be ecologically confined to regions where the grass grows. Females of some species carry sacs in their jaws.
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LeafeonSTORM Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im creeped out by spiders but they can be so beautiful at times
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Lobagalore Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Photographer
I love it! So cute!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I find it fascinating that an insect even has a maternal instinct . Well taken.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
You are welcome :turbopoke:
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Daimera Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Motherly arthropods are, like, one of my favorite things. Such a lovely shot~
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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myekeh Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Photographer
your work is very good, I'm jealous!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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