Friday Photo: 12 October

October 12th, 2012 at 9:04 am by Chthoniid

A different kind of lurker- this is one of our largest tunnelweb spiders.  Typically these arachnids are nocturnal and do not venture far from native bush.Hence this pic is taken at night.  This particular species Hexatheles hochstetteri is one of our heaviest spiders, and was also one of the first to be described (scientifically) in the 1800s.

 

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While in general, they’re nocturnal and cryptic, occasionally one will wander into someone’s house.

 

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15 Responses to “Friday Photo: 12 October”

  1. Mark Hubbard (7 comments) says:

    While in general, they’re nocturnal and cryptic, occasionally one will wander into someone’s house.

    You could replace that picture with one of Winston Peters.

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  2. Auberon (867 comments) says:

    Who the fuck would want a higher res version of that?

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  3. Jimbob (640 comments) says:

    They are quite big alright. You find them under logs on farmland when you pick up and old log to fill a gap under a fence, or burn a sheep carcass. You tend to keep well away from them, they would sit quite comfortably on top of a hens egg with no room to spare.

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  4. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    Auberon

    Who the fuck would want a higher res version of that?

    Hmm, well, I prefer the full-size myself, which is almost 4x bigger again…

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  5. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Just another holiday snapshot… yawn…

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  6. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    I’ve got these things living around my urban section! I have found some living in tunnels in the ground. I also accidentally reintroduced a very large species of native weta to my property, they have a knack of crawling inside my house and scaring the bejesus out of me and my kids (my wife then has to remove them :D )

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  7. RRM (9,418 comments) says:

    Just another holiday snapshot… yawn…

    Just another worthless comment from a know-nothing who hates life and everyone, everything in it. Fuck I would hate to be you.

    Why don’t you fuck off and moan about shit you hate on your own website? Loser.

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  8. thedavincimode (6,517 comments) says:

    Why don’t you fuck off and moan about shit you hate on your own website?

    How would anyone get to know about it?

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  9. Elaycee (4,285 comments) says:

    Another excellent pikkie Chthoniid…. and thanks for sharing your work with us.

    Of course, you’ll never be able to please everyone – especially those who lack the ability to both comprehend the effort required to take these shots in the first place and also to appreciate your willingness to share your portfolio with us.

    Thanks again. :)

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  10. Longknives (4,384 comments) says:

    From Wikipedia
    Hexathele hochstetteri- “Despite its impressive size it is shy, and there are no records of these spiders biting humans”

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  11. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    I think Farrar should abandon this pissant Friday photo on the grounds that its just amateurish two bit crap, and slide the Wednesday screensaver (always impressive and professional) in in its place.

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  12. Todd Sisson (48 comments) says:

    That is some bone chilling detail there Chthoniid! Great shot, but as a card carrying arachnophobe the thought of getting in close with a macro lens on this gives me the sweats :-0

    How close with the macro lens were you on this one?

    Cheers – Todd

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  13. Auberon (867 comments) says:

    I’m with Todd – thanks for the opportunity Chthoniid, I’ll pass. I’m still getting over waking up in the night to find Huntsmen the size of my hands on my bedroom wall as a boy in Australia.

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  14. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    @Jimbob

    Yes, my first encounters with them were under logs on farmland too. Some of them do grow to a big size. I get some satisfaction from knowing we have plenty of large arachnids still in the bush.

    @Shunda burunda

    Well, with luck, maybe the spiders will keep the rats down in numbers? :) My kids quite enjoy the night-time forays into the bush at night, spotting the creepy-crawlies around.

    @Elaycee

    Thanks- nocturnal photography of creepy-crawlies isn’t the easiest thing to do. I’ve always appreciated that people’s tastes are different- in the end, the goal of the Friday photo is something to end the week on, that doesn’t carry over the acrimony and intensity of debate on other topics.

    @Todd Sisson

    I’m about 10-15cm away. To get the shot to fill the frame (and avoid cropping) I’m shooting with a microscope adapter as well. They’re actually pretty timid creatures, so you have to move very slowly and carefully, and limit the light.

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  15. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    @Longknives

    Yeah, they are timid. You don’t get a lot of chances to take a pic. Their fangs are pretty impressive but they’re paraxial and less efficient than the diaxial fangs of modern spiders.

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