Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cane Spider

No one told me about the cane spiders before I moved to Hawaii. That's one of the things you learn after you get here. Not that I've never seen spiders before, but these spiders are different. Think jumping anorexic tarantulas. Yes, the cane spider can jump fairly long distances, like from the wall onto your face. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, and considering that a cane spider has never harmed me more than just plain scared me, I really can't complain much. I just don't appreciate trespassers with hairy legs. 

This one is the third cane spider we've had in about a week. (which is really unusual, I should add) 


  1. Nasty little nuisances for sure! But, consider this: cane spiders are welcomed in many homes as they feed on pests such as cockroaches and silverfish and are harmless to humans.

    However, I totally understand your lack of desire to have an unwelcomed house guest, and I can't say I wouldn't have offed him myself.

    Just a couple of details I noticed. One, this guy only has 6 legs. By definition, spiders have 8 legs. He probably eluded death by sacrificing a couple of legs, until he met the wicked Raid juice. ;) Second, the pic of the spider next to the Raid could be a very symbolic picture demonstrating how we as humans sometimes tend to stand right next to something dangerous and deadly, and never even know it. Haha, just my “deep” visualization on a simple picture.

    Enjoy your day!

  2. Hi Alan,
    I didn't know that cane spiders ate cockroaches! Now I dislike them a little bit less ;) I don't really mind them if they just stay outside.

    You're very observant! Yes, this spider only has 6 legs. Check out my post "10 Things I Don't Like About Hawaii" to see a photo of a cane spider with eight legs.

    Oh yes, a very symbolic picture, haha :) Poor thing...

  3. I just did research on the cane spider and there are harmless.. it must have been a joke when you mentioned that they are "deadly and dangerous". The cmmenter who said this was in error. I am correcting it simply because anyone else who reads this and may have not done research may get the wrong idea. Thanks for this post, it was informative.


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