What is my new friend?
I found this female (or sexually immature male) tarantula outside my home in Placerville, California. I have seen plenty of male tarantulas in the fall during their yearly stroll to find a mate, but have never happened across a female or her burrow before. What strikes me as odd is that she is very blue in certain light, almost as blue as my female Haplopelma Lividum. All the male Tarantulas I’ve seen in my area are always brown, and she is very short haired with no articulating hairs on her abdomen. Her cephalothorax and abdomen are about 1 1/2 inches, with legspan 3-3 1/2 inches. Any information you can give me would by greatly appreciated!!
It already sounds like you probably know more about Tarantulas than we do. Of the species we have in Southern California, Hogue writes of Aphonopelmus reversum, (possibly now Aphonopelma): “tends to be gray-black to black and less hairy”.