The picture is a fake using
digital manipulation, according to artist
Paul Santa Maria
who photographed a common wolf spider that he found in New Smyrna Beach,
There is no such arachnid species designated as an Angolan Witch Spider.
The artist told TruthOrFiction.Com that he took two photos. One
was the close up of the spider and the other, a photo of a side of a
friend's house. He then superimposed the larger than life looking
spider using Photoshop
software against the wall of the house. Santa Maria then posted the photo on his Facebook
profile as well as his website
only remained on the Internet for about 20 hours and
after that Santa Maria removed it. That was just enough time for
some unknown person to take the image, dub it the "Angolan witch spider"
and watch it go viral on the World Wide Web.
Santa Maria sent us
link to a YouTube video that he made explaining how he made
the picture along with the original photo of the
normal-sized wolf spider he found:
This is the result of Paul's creative