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Tarantula

Aphonopelma steindachneri

Description:

Gray spider with brown hairs. There are some red/brown markings on the cephalothorax. This beauty was crossing a dirt trail in chaparral. I set my lens hood down and it crawled inside as seen in the fourth image. There is a quick video of it walking.

Habitat:

Chaparral near Lake Poway

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8 Comments

Thanks Hema, yes it's extra concerning being in our home town. Hope it ends well!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

good idea to take video!
I just read this on FB.Hope they find the girl soon!
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/De...

I didn't see any last year and was surprised to see this one in February. It's all luck! Good luck spotting one this year.

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

lovely movie. It looks different from the local species here. I did not see any tarantulas this year.

Thank you. Good luck to you as well!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

I'm hoping in the next month I will start finding something out and about! And good luck on the snake quest :)

Hi Ashley, thank you so much! I was quite surprised to see this beauty today. I expect it in November but not February. We've been in the 80's this week so it's been affecting the wildlife. Hoping to see some snakes soon!

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Awesome photos, Cindy! I'm jealous you are finding spiders this time of year haha

Poway, California, USA

Spotted on Feb 4, 2015
Submitted on Feb 5, 2015

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