Tarantula pics for you all.
It’s the time here in the central coast of CA when these handsome guys wander out looking for mates and higher ground. Saw this 5″ monster crossing the road and brought him home for some photos. He was very calm and only “shot” hairs at me once. Dropped him off right where I found him the next day on my way to work. Thanks for all the helpful information you provide on your site!
Thanks for sending us your high quality Tarantula photograph. We believe it is Aphonopelma iodius, a species found widely in California, Nevada and Utah according to Sharon McKenzie’s posting on BugGuide which states: “one of their characteristics is that dark triangle on the carapace that surrounds the eye turret area.”
Tarantulas — edible! (sometimes too much sought-after)
While the tarantulas of the American Southwest have traditionally not been eaten, this is not the case in the Amazonian rain-forest and the teeming tourist towns of Cambodia. The super-huge Theraphosa (so-called ‘bird eating spiders’) of Venezuela have traditionally been on the menu. The spiders are teased out of their lairs with grass; speared; and roasted over flames to singe off those urticating hairs. Actually there’s an unfortunate precedent: tarantulas served at an exotic foods banquet at the Explorer’s Club in NYC were insufficiently cooked, and some diners went to the hospital with hairs in their esophagi. The small town of Skuon, Cambodia, is well known for fried tarantula. People [I suspect foreigners, mostly] have traveled to Skuon in particular to partake from the stacked piles of black, shrunken bodies balanced on the bamboo trays of street-hawkers. Many conservationists suspect that the tarantula population will not sustain this kind of enthusiasm. Best,