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Big black hairy spider; length 5 cm (2 inches).
Hills overlooking Manila.
Not being too fond of spiders (!) it was a new challenge to get up close for a macro... But I was inspired by my fellow-PN-ers! :-)
Thanks bjohnson! Yes, on the photo he looks "so soft and fluffy" ... In real life he looked "so big and hairy"! :-)Btw, I once rubbed a big hairy spider (NOT a tarantula) against my cheek. Needless to say, this was accidentally. The unfortunate creature happened to be sitting on a hand towel when I grabbed it to dry my face. From personal experience I can tell you that a spider can feel more like a young, hairy twig than a soft cuddly toy! :-}
He looks so soft and fluffy - great spotting!
Thank you so much Gina for the ID!
The Phlogiellus baeri is a dwarf tarantula species commonly found in most parts of Luzon Island in the Philippines.
Lat: 14.60, Long: 120.98
Spotted on Aug 17, 2011 Submitted on Aug 17, 2011