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Old 01-30-2016, 11:59 PM
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Any time you see a spider in your home, car, or just scurrying about, take a breath. The brown recluse, which living near St. Petersburg beach, we have plenty of on our back porch. But they rarely come out of their trademark messy , cocoon-like, web found in crevices or holes. And wolf spiders are the most common mistaken spider for a recluse, also most of the large spiders you see in your home in FL are huntsman spiders, not even wolf spiders. While closely related, the wolf spider is definitely smaller than the majority of you are describing, largest I've captured was about 3 inches, and wolf spiders are very ornate markings wise, also a recluse's butt, I know not correct term, but anyway is much fuller and larger than a wolf's or huntsman's, with a gray or blackish coloration and the fiddle on its mid torso, on its back directly in the middle where all of its legs connect. While the huntsman, usually about 5 inches and larger. The The males are a bit smaller, and lighter in color, why so many think it's a recluse. The truth is most people in Florida are confusing a huntsman's spider, confusing that for a wolf spider, and then confusing that for a recluse. But for the huntsman's speed and size, it is very docile towards humans. And while you may think it is running towards you, it is trying to run away from you! I capture them by hand and relocate outside if warm. If it's cold, my wife and I let it squat in our home, it's mainly seen at evening, in a position most likely for their prey to pass upon, ready to ambush. But out of every time I have caught them, I have never been bitten, they can bite, but unless extremely provoked, they won't, and even under some circumstances when I was sure it would bite, it did not. And yes, whoever said there are no recluse spiders in the Tampa area, I have caught three and brought them to the hospital. Again, the reason they're so rarely seen is because they like the warmth of being outdoors, they create a web in which they nest, like mentioned, very messy web near a crevice, where they have a cocoon like nest. I am not advocating to grab a spider in your home by hand, but if you know your spiders, spare the harmless huntsman. I will post a picture of a huntsman's hanging waiting for prey near our bed, my wife even has no fear of them. Tomorrow I will post a picture of a recluse and its nest on our porch. Another note, just like the grass/ground/and wolf spider with many names and types, there are many types of the huntsman's spider, they look alike have the same size palp, and one time my wife and I were on the peace river fossiling after a tropical storm, I had to grab a Palm tree to anchor, low and behold, a spider about twice the size of my hand, large body, hairy, dark, I was sure this was no huntsman's spider as it was eating a fish, I showed a nearby ranger, he said he's seen so many shapes and sizes but sure enough a huntsman. Validated by a specialist who compared the photo to a species in Australia, it was camouflaged to the tree, which explained its color.
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:29 AM
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[IMG]Huntsman http://imgur.com/tWTQaxq[/IMG]
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:42 AM
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Probably a Huntsman or maybe a Dock spider=
Spiders of Florida
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:28 AM
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:55 AM
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Ain't no spider a friend of mine.

Squish, spray, or burn !

And yes, I've lived in FL.
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