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March 2010

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Arachnophobia

...is not an illness I usually suffer from.  Before I went out tonight, dreamlessvisiontold me there was a baby tarantula in our house, she sprayed it with hairspray and put under a bowl, under a trashcan, and put a phone book on top of the trash can :)  When I finally got home, I was amazed.  No, it was not a baby tarantula:

It was in fact something far far more interesting, and also not native to Arizona...a species of ant-mimicing spider:

I was astounded trying to figure out WTF this thing was.  I'm not afraid of spiders, formerly running a fish/reptile/weirdo department at an eccentric PetCo (tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, custom other invertebrates), but this was beyond me, I'd never seen one!  Mandibles, two eyes, eight legs but uses six, and has the appearance of having a head, thorax, and gaster; a typical spider is missing the thorax.  The front legs are even super long to flex around and appear as antennae and simultaneously appear as the two-jointed legs fore and aft on an ant, the rear legs are the same (but without the antenna mimic but still two-jointed).  It eats ants, probably why I spend a long time in the back yard and haven't seen an ant over 2mm ever, so I'm guessing he's not alone.

Comments

Solpugida! That's the genus