These spiders do not construct webs. They are nomadic hunters and in the wild can be found hiding under tree bark. Huntsman occasionally find themselves inside the house where they provide fantastic, natural pest control!
Male, body length 30 mm. Leg span 12 cm.
''Delena cancerides'', the flat huntsman spider or social huntsman spider, is a large, brown huntsman spider native to Australia. It has been introduced to New Zealand, where it is sometimes known as the Avondale spider as they are commonly found in the suburb of Avondale, Auckland. This was the species used in the beginning of the movie ''Spider-Man'' and widely in ''Arachnophobia'', but it is generally considered harmless to humans. It was first described by Charles Athanase Walckenaer in 1837.