spiderific

For those of a delicate persuasion, look away now, go google kittens and stuff.

I was in the shed doing things blokes do in sheds (organise tools, tidy up, take stock, tinker with my bike etc) when I saw a huntsman

yey – I had reported a few weeks ago that I thought the huntsman was dead – well, it might have been and this could be a youngster, or maybe it moulted – who knows. Anyways, it was pretty dark, so I couldn’t really take decent photos, but – here’s my feeble attempt at ISO4000 on the camera.

Mr (or Mrs) Huntsman

huntsman

huntsman


huntsman

huntsman

I hope he/she lives a long a happy life – I’m leaving it be and making sure its safe – as big and fast moving as it is (about 6 inches/15cm across), its part of a healthy redback/whitetail eating ecosystem that I fully encourage

redback season

I think it must have warmed up just enough for the spiders to come out.

Found quite a few redbacks around the outside of the house today and the girls just found one in the bathroom. Only small ones, so they’re obviously just hatching and getting settled, but small ones inside the house is still not good.

I’ll go get some barrier spray tomorrow and spray the patio furniture and some of the window frames and stuff – not everywhere as I don’t want to kill indiscriminately, spiders are part of the ecosystem like anything else, I just don’t want the really bitey ones inside or to get too comfortable right outside the house.

Speaking of good spiders, found the hunstsman that was living in the shed dead today 😦 I hadn’t realised how big it was – almost the size of my palm stretched out, tiny body though.

Huntsman

Huntsman

Although they are big, they’re timid and pretty harmless. I hope it had babies.