payday loans

How big is it?

Fall is a second spring in the desert, and things are wandering.


Immature but already full-grown birds hatched this year are making their first migration, or seeking a permanent residence away from the parental sphere. Young mammals, too, are moving to new locations on their own. Some creatures are fanning out looking for mates, such as tarantulas (right) and other arthropods.

Although many make it, this can be a perilous diaspora, and it brings visibly increased mortality along roads as young inexperienced animals or adults driven by an impulse stronger than their understanding of speeding vehicles try to cross busy highways.

In our yard the main hazard — other

than waiting predators — is the swimming pool. The male sunspider below (possibly Eremochelis bilobatus) fell into the pool sometime during a nocturnal rambling and couldn’t get out. With luck, he’d found a female before he succumbed, and was able to do his part to continue the local population. 

People often ask how big they are, so I’ve included my hand for scale. (Click to enlarge to see his bristly glory and fierce mandibles. Both photos, A.Shock). Driven to find out more about Solpugids or sunspiders? Check this website. For the record, taxonomists consider them more closely related to Pseudoscorpions than to spiders.



Posted by Allison on Sep 10th 2013 09:34 am | 3 Comments
| View close in,cool bug!,doom and gloom,Invertebrata,natural history,yard list category

3 Responses to “How big is it?”

  1. don 19 Sep 2013 at 12:33 pm link comment

    hell, sweetie. just… hell.

  2. don 19 Sep 2013 at 12:34 pm link comment

    no. also: too many legs.

  3. Allisonon 24 Sep 2013 at 6:33 pm link comment

    Eight just like a spider. The long club-like ones in front aren’t technically legs, they’re “pedipalps” and may be mouth-parts. Actually, that may not be less weird.

Leave a Reply