Feb 4, 2010
by Sharon Archer
Warning to arachnophobia sufferers!
Spider pictures to follow!
Watching: Just finished Season Two of Spooks! Those writers sure know how to leave a hook to make you come back for next season!
Reading: The Dip, Seth Godin.
Making me smile: Finished weeding the herb garden!
I’ve got an interloper in my study at the moment and I have to say he’s been very distracting! He’s a huntsman and he’s living behind the pin board above my desk. These spiders have very flat bodies and their unusual leg joints allow them to scuttle sideways like a crab – which helps them slip into cracks and crevices. Ideal for setting up home behind picture frames... and pin boards!
What's up for the next blog topic.
BlueTac for supper?
Actually, I think he’s got a bit of a cheek moving in behind my pin board. I read up on them and these timid spiders like nice quiet places that are infrequently disturbed. In my defense, I’d like to say that, just because I’m sitting quietly, it doesn’t mean that nothing is going on!
They’re not aggressive but they are a largish spider and when they get excited, they run around in a flurry of long hairy legs. We had a moment during this photo shoot where we both got a bit hysterical - there was a lot of leg waving (his) and hand trembling (mine) but then he settled down again. They can bite but only when disturbed and they aren’t toxic to humans.
Huntsmans don’t like to get their feet wet and in South Africa they’re called “rain spiders” because their appearance indoors means rain is on the way. So I hope my spider is right – later today is looking promising with the remnants of a tropical cyclone drifting down from Queensland.
Australia has nearly one hundred and fifty huntsman species and Wikipaedia says that there are more than 1000 worldwide. That’s a very big family!
Anyway, it's been a tiring session for my model so he's retiring from the limelight for now!
So how many legs have your office trespassers got?