Monday, August 16, 2010

Arachnid -- Tarantula

Tarantulas comprise a group of hairy and often very large arachnids belonging mainly to the family Theraphosidae, of which approximately 900 species have been identified. Historically tarantulas were the bigger genera from the family Lycosidae (like Lycosa tarantula). The colonists of the Americas gave the name to the bigger spiders of the tropic-dwelling families Theraphosidae and Dipluridae (funnel-web tarantulas), and that usage has now supplanted the earlier European one.
Some genera of tarantula hunt prey primarily in trees; others hunt on or near the ground. All tarantulas can produce silk—while arboreal species will typically reside in a silken "tube tent", terrestrial species will line their burrows with silk to stabilize the burrow wall and facilitate climbing up and down.

This is the biggest spider I have ever seen in my life of existence here on Earth! It came out from the ground when Mexican people started digging in the backyard to put concrete on. It was my baby girl who saw it first and she called me telling that there's a spider in our back door.

It gave me creepy feeling because... just take a look at those big hair legs and belly. It would look very clear if I had a DSLR camera to capture this.

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