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green huntsman spider

By CarolG  
This upload is especially for Isabel (chinga), who loves anything greenWink

Sparassidae are a family of spiders known as huntsman spiders because of their speed and mode of hunting. 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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Spider Close-up Green Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
7 Feb 2013 6:31AM
What fantastic and great macro shot,carol,very well done,

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Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
7 Feb 2013 6:33AM
Carol I find your images and descriptions endlessly fascinating, you really should publish a book of insects in my garden (or something similar).

This is a particulalry fine shot and it is definitely GREEN, even colour-blind old me can see that. Grin

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
7 Feb 2013 6:36AM
These certainly are rich green tonalities.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
7 Feb 2013 6:41AM
I have heard of a green monster - and this must be it !! Thank heavens we do not have them here Smile Excellent photo and fascinating write up Carol !! GrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 6:52AM
OMG Carol, that is a monster
and so well captured
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 7:19AM
She's beautiful and quite a lady, watch out you males.
7 Feb 2013 7:22AM
Super Carol excellent description i agree with andy snapper a book would be good to let every body see your endless talents DaveWink
Tibetan 5 3 England
7 Feb 2013 7:41AM
Strange I have no idea why I thought this was yours Carol lol. very interesting, many years ago I was bitten by a house spider, it was very painful and a lump developed on the back of my hand, this lasted for two weeks so can vouch even ours do bit, have a good day, i'm now off to the Dentist, regards leon, good photo as always.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 7:47AM
fantastic colours and tones carol brilliant detail a stunner top shot Wink
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 7:55AM
A really vibrant and fresh one today-- not keen on the subject thoughGrinGrin:Grin Good intro as well
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
7 Feb 2013 7:57AM
I would think that this particular spider is not easily seen. Nice one!

7 Feb 2013 8:27AM
wonderful shot Carol one definitely not to be messed with me thinks!!!!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 8:29AM
A rare beauty really well captured in this fine portrait.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
7 Feb 2013 8:33AM
A very informative intro to this green spider.......I don't recall seeing a green one before, Carol.
9 10 10 England
7 Feb 2013 9:21AM
Carol, you're scaring me to death and this one seems to have his beady eye on you!
7 Feb 2013 9:46AM
Well spotted and captured Carol, super image,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 Feb 2013 9:48AM
The female of the species...... GrinGrin

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
7 Feb 2013 9:50AM
I do believe all spiders bite but some are more aggressive than others, excellent macro capture Carol.


paddyman 9 66 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 10:35AM
Super macro shot ..
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
7 Feb 2013 10:37AM
Such a beautiful creature
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 11:17AM
Blimey - Carol you're a brave lady to even go near these creatures.
A very prickly looking spider and not one I'd like to meet!
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 11:33AM
Superb close-up, Carol, well captured.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 11:42AM
gosh!!! never seen a green one like this before
Great capture
7 Feb 2013 11:53AM
fine detail of the huntsman Carol

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 Feb 2013 12:42PM
Being green they must be hard to spot. Super detail in this one........Sandy
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Feb 2013 1:10PM
Wonderful shot of this master of camouflage!
Tiny powerful eyes of this green hunter well captured, Carol. - Raja.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
7 Feb 2013 3:25PM
I will remember to be careful if I ever spot one of these - but I don't think we have these in my part of the world. I do have a nice tarantula living over by my fence though Smile

It ain't easy being green - I guess that explains some of this spider's attitude............

7 Feb 2013 3:56PM
nice friend
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
7 Feb 2013 4:00PM
Skinks and geckos! Goodness me - how big are they??? He's a lovely colour though.
7 Feb 2013 4:32PM
What fantastic macro and great light
7 Feb 2013 4:54PM
Lovely green tonal Carol, superb light and two eyes watching you!!!!Nice close up.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 Feb 2013 5:08PM
A cute little chap - don't think I'd want to get him annoyed though! A fine capture, Carol Smile
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Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
7 Feb 2013 5:09PM
great capture Carol

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 5:31PM
This is amazing Carol. Superb!
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 5:36PM
AND if its the spider I am thinking of it changes colour according to its surroundings as camouflage enabling him to capture his lunch, excellent write up from you Carol and superb pic
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 6:11PM
Evenin' Carol
I see you have selected a frame filler for today's uploadWink

Probably been one of the best days this year at work - the wind had dropped and the temp went up to +5C around noon

evelen 13 5 England
7 Feb 2013 6:28PM
excellent shot carol.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 6:53PM
How sweet - he's very well camouflaged
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Feb 2013 6:56PM
Thank you very much for the award, I am honoured. Lovely variation of green tones

7 Feb 2013 7:11PM
Awesome shot carol, superb detail and colour Grin
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
7 Feb 2013 7:21PM

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 Feb 2013 9:02PM
Wonderfully camouflaged bug Carol - sounds quite nasty too.
debu 8 India
8 Feb 2013 12:30AM
Wonderful colourful detailed image.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
8 Feb 2013 3:59AM
If you had difficulty in seeing your previous upload of the red and black fellow, how on earth did you manage to spot this rather fiercesome, by all accounts, spider Carol? By all accounts a lady to steer well clear of!
Rgds., Jim
8 Feb 2013 10:50AM
Una maravilla
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 11:51AM
Green! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Extraordinary spider! Doesn't allow me to give an award! So have a smile AWARD from me! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin. Love it Carol! IB
tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 1:23PM
Interesting read. Nice one Carol.

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