Green Huntsman Spider

September 5th, 2011 - 2:45 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 2 Comments

9mm body | July 9, 2011 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

This attractive green huntsman spider in the family Sparassidae (formerly Heteropodidae) was concealed beneath a leaf. With such a striking green color, it must hunt primarily in foliage.

When I found it, it was concealed within a silken retreat on the underside of a leaf. The texture of the silk is interesting.

Concealed within silken retreat

That wouldn’t do for photos though, so I poked at it until it removed itself.

Reluctantly exposed

That did allow for some nice closeup shots though, like this one of the eyes. I always try to get a shot like this to help in the identification.

Closeup of eyes

I always try to remember to turn off one of the flash heads on my MT-24EX for these shots. Otherwise, each eye has a strange looking double highlight. I initially forgot but then I noticed while reviewing for exposure on the LCD so I took some more.

Huntsman Spider

July 7th, 2011 - 11:45 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | 1 Comment

13mm body | July 2, 2011 | Monte Alegre, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I’m pretty sure this is a huntsman spider in the family Sparassidae.

Frontal view