This not-so-little friend was walking along the wall of the back patio one night, not long after I had first moved to El Salvador. I called out to my husband, who immediately grabbed the broom. In a dramatic moment, I saved Spidey’s life: “Run, Spider, Run!” I yelled. He escaped just before the broom slammed the wall, and my husband cursed me. My in-laws insisted this spider was dangerous; they said though it doesn’t have a venomous bite, the web it weaves can poison animals that walk into it, like horses and cattle. I scoured the internet everywhere to identify ‘poisonous webs’ or ‘venomous webs’ but could not find a thing. Old Salvadoran wives tale, I say.
Date spotted: November 2, 2009.
Species: unknown. Visit the Wonderful World of Insects in El Salvador Photo Gallery. UPDATE: according to one of our readers, this is known locally as a “horse spider.” It appears to be a type of tarantula.