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#1 Photgog

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:32 AM

Big Bend National Park, Texas There is probably a name for this beast.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:36 AM

That's a Brown Tarantula, Aphonopelma hentzi, also called Texas Brown Tarantula.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:45 AM

Thanks, I could not get this beast to stop for a more clear photo.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:06 AM

It's a male and he was out looking for a mate. If it were you, would you stop so someone could take your picture?

The sludge caught in the mind's filter, the stuff that refuses to go through, frequently becomes each person's private obsession. In civilized society we have an unspoken agreement to call our obsessions "hobbies". - Stephen King

 

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Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

Swamp Sparrow: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 3/11/14

Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14, 7/2/14, 7/6/14

Bald Eagle, Costa's Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher: Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 5/24/14

Gray Flycatcher: McHenry Recreation Area, Escalon, CA, 5/13/14

Black Tern: Modesto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 5/11/14


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 07:47 AM

You should have stopped him like this (sorry, poor cell phone pic).............

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

You should have stopped him like this (sorry, poor cell phone pic).............

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I see people that handle these and I guess that they are OK, but it would one time in a million that the beast would bite, and that would be me.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 06:16 PM

It's a male and he was out looking for a mate. If it were you, would you stop so someone could take your picture?


You are right, no time for posing.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:45 AM

I've never been bitten, but they do have a habit of flicking hair from the dorsal side of their abdomen (don't know the proper term for that body part) when they are upset, which is very irritating and makes you itch.
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:34 AM

those pictures make me shudder. i shouldn't have looked at this, i'm gonna feel creepy crawly all night now....

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:51 PM

I've never been bitten, but they do have a habit of flicking hair from the dorsal side of their abdomen (don't know the proper term for that body part) when they are upset, which is very irritating and makes you itch.

The hairs are called urticating hairs. I've never heard another term for the body part other than abdomen.

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Latest Lifer(s):

Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

Swamp Sparrow: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 3/11/14

Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14, 7/2/14, 7/6/14

Bald Eagle, Costa's Hummingbird, Willow Flycatcher: Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 5/24/14

Gray Flycatcher: McHenry Recreation Area, Escalon, CA, 5/13/14

Black Tern: Modesto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 5/11/14


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

There is probably a name for this beast.


Indeed there is....

"EEEEEEKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!" Is the best way to pronounce it. :D

(although I'm a total arachnophobic I still find the pictures cool).

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:39 PM

I am more afraid of the bug spray than the spiders. People fear tarantulas which eat the bugs but do not think about the neurologic damage done by the chemicals we spray into our lungs.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:17 PM

Just don't purse your lips and blow lightly onto his back. Seriously.
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:38 AM

Spider on one of my tomato plants. Doing a good job, too....it has caught several insects in its web.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:48 AM

Jumping Spider that lives out back. This time it was looking in our patio door....checking us out, I reckon!!

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Side view of it. Click on it to enlarge and check out its eyes!!

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:15 AM

Nice Orb Weaver in the first. He'll be gone soon - eaten by birds. All exposed like that makes for a short lifespan!

The second is the "Brave", "Bold", or "Daring" Jumping spider. We get them in all kinds of super awesome colors here. They have a necrotic venom, and their bites are frequently confused with "Brown Reclusa" by the "Reclueless" . :-) Seriously - their bite really stinks if you're sensitive to the venom (and they envenomate)
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:57 AM

Nice Orb Weaver in the first. He'll be gone soon - eaten by birds. All exposed like that makes for a short lifespan!

The second is the "Brave", "Bold", or "Daring" Jumping spider. We get them in all kinds of super awesome colors here. They have a necrotic venom, and their bites are frequently confused with "Brown Reclusa" by the "Reclueless" . :-) Seriously - their bite really stinks if you're sensitive to the venom (and they envenomate)


Note to self: Do not handle any more Jumping Spiders.......... :(
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:39 PM

I'm moderately sensitive to them. I'll get a nodule that is bruised-looking at the base and swells up to about the size of a bean, develops a white head, then opens and drains. One or two have left scars but nothing major. I'm more sensitive to wolf spiders. Doesn't stop me from playing with any of them. :) They don't really want to envenomate - you're too big to eat, so it's just a waste of protein - not a good survival move unless they feel absolutely direly threatened.

Blowing on a tarantula signifies that a tarantula fly is about to lay its eggs in the tarantula and the larva are about to ingest it from the inside out. Some species can go absolutely ape-poo bonkers biting frenzy crazy if they're confronted with that.
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