Friday Photo: 12 October

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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