1 Shot Wednesday: Tarantula

Slowly healing. Thanks for your patience.

On a morning walk, I stumbled upon him. Take your hand and mimic the tarantula crawling. First, he was the size of your hand. Second, why do I consider him male? I have no idea about gender differences and arachnophobia keeps me from investigating. It was difficult to stand over Boris and hold the camera still. I know, tarantulas are supposed to be kind and calm and don’t pose a threat to humans. I could let him crawl all over me and nothing would happen. I don’t care. Seeing one always raises the hairs on my arms.

Tarantula
Arizona Blonde Tarantula

I admit Boris was a beautiful specimen. I liked his cinnamon hair and how graceful his arms maneuvered through his world. I learned from the Biology teacher at school that tarantulas come out during spring rains to mate. There are over 800 kinds of tarantulas in the world and 30 species live in Arizona. The female lifespan is 20 – 25 years. The male 7-10. After reaching maturity, which can take years, the male leaves his burrow in search of a receptive female. He knocks on her filament door and waits nervously; two things will happen. Either she will come out and consent to the union, or she will eat him.

45 Comments on “1 Shot Wednesday: Tarantula

  1. Hence the difference in age expectations. If I were Boris I think I’d not be knocking at any female spiders door thank you. LOL. Glad it doesn’t work that way in human courtship.

      • And the opposite is true too Cindy. There are too many stories in the news of men who manipulate women, steal their hearts and bank accounts then move on to the next kill. Any form of manipulation needs to be dealt with sternly by society. 🙂

  2. I don’t care how graceful he was – he can sneak up on you and (sorry poor fella), he’s ugly.

  3. That’s a great spider photo, Cindy. But I really don’t like spiders, especially ones as big as my hand. Something about the way they scuttle about gives me a shiver. I doubt I would have gone close enough to photograph him, just in case! 🙂 I am glad we don’t have such monsters here.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • They are nocturnal shy creatures which is fine by me. This was rare, seeing him out walking around in the morning. Bear didn’t know what to make of him.

  4. My daughter nice had a pet tarantula which was crazy since she has a fear of spiders. Something about them being large is discomforting. I had an encounter in my house with two huntsmen spiders when we lived in Florida. I never once considered taking their photos.

  5. Great picture of that tarantula there Cindy 🙂 Did you name him Boris? 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

  6. That’s a beauty! A friend of mine fresh from Afghanistan showed me a number of picture of Camel Spiders that are common there. check those out, lol!

  7. They are cute. I held one. I was nervous because they told me if I drop her, she would die. Very fragile creature.

  8. off topic, Cindy. As a female veteran, what is your opinion of the National Women’s Hall of Fame putting Jane Fonda’s name up to be inducted?
    Personally, I feel it’s a disgrace and have written them an email saying so.

    • Jane is a feminist and a strong woman. She apologized for her ignoble behavior when she did her publicity stunt in Vietnam and disgraced the POWs.
      All her life she has advocated for health and played roles of strong women on the screen who had a say in their lives. She encouraged women to think and be self-reliant. Those are all good reasons for getting on the board. Her naive, ludicrious mistake was a biggie. It’s a question of forgiveness. Obviously, you do not feel she deserves any. 😉

      • I’m afraid not. She apologized and changed her stance, 40 years later (IMO too late for an apology), because it was hurting her financial status, to me that is not a woman of character.

        • Fair enough. I’m not in love with the woman. I can think of a hundred more deserving women who should be on the wall. 😉

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