Olios giganteus
(Giant Crab Spider)

Picture ID 9646

Picture of Olios giganteus (Giant Crab Spider) - Female - Dorsal

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Believe this spider is Olios Giganteus.

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That ID appears spot on to me, great picture!

BugmanDan
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Hi, and welcome to the site, Yes, you called this correctly, certainly female, and they are no more a treat than a honey bee, that is IF you can provoke one to bite. I played with plenty of these when I was younger, but I will say this seems to be a darker morph from what I am familiar with.
Heteropoda venatoria has been introduced to the southland now also,but doubt that would be the case.
If videos are permitted here, this is much what I have encountered:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqOFi3Wzvmk
If you spook them, they are fast.

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