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Western Desert Tarantula and the Tarantula Hawk

DAZ|Studio Insects posted on Sep 17, 2023
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Here's another creepy crawly to tease you with as we get closer to my Halloween release. The Western Desert Tarantula, common to the American Southwest. Included in the image is the Tarantula (Hawk) Wasp (partially the reason I created all these spiders--I wanted a decent 3D tarantula for my wasp lol). This wasp sting the Tarantula to immobilize it, then lays its eggs on its back. When the baby wasps hatch, they eat the tarantula. The sting from a Tarantula Wasp is considered one of the most painful insect sting there is (I know I've been stung before). It feels similiar to putting your finger in a light socket for five minutes. About the Western Desert Tarantula... They have a brown or grayish body and can measure 3 to 5 in (8 to 13 cm) large bodied, burrowing spider is commonly seen during the summer rainy season in southwestern deserts. The female is usually a uniform tan color. The male has black legs, a copper-colored cephalothorax and a reddish abdomen. The female body length is up to 56 mm, males only reaching 44 mm. The female of this species can live for up to 20 years. They are found in the southwestern portion of the United States, and in Mexico as well. This spider often lives in desert soil and is resistant to harsh weather. Their burrows can be as large as 1 to 2 in (25 to 51 mm) in diameter, with some strands of silk across the opening. The nocturnal activity of this spider begins when the silk covering surrounding the burrow is broken. Potential reasons explaining the breaking of the silk covering include the spider's circadian rhythm, decreased environmental light intensity, and surface temperatures. During the night, tarantulas remain inside the burrow entrance expecting the arrival of prey. At dawn, the tarantula goes into the burrow. Although this tarantula is particularly active at night, it is not strictly nocturnal because they are seen in the upper portion of the burrow early in the day. Their venom of is not highly dangerous to humans. When compared to a bee sting, the level of venom is not significantly higher. Specifically, these spiders are one of the least dangerous within the Tarantula family. This species are popular among beginner tarantula keepers due to their long lifespan (5–10 years for males, up to 30 years for females) and docile nature.

Comments (5)



8:22PM | Sun, 17 September 2023

Informative, but, like all spiders, they're so icky! I have an almost feminine distaste for insects of any kind, which does not mean that I do not admire your expertise.



8:18AM | Mon, 18 September 2023

The desert is a scary place. Lot of things want to hurt you out there.



12:03PM | Mon, 18 September 2023

Impressive realism!


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12:23AM | Tue, 19 September 2023

Fantastic work!



2:52AM | Tue, 19 September 2023

Ten out of Ten for realism Ken and you must be the foremost authority on all things creepy crawly. I am always in awe of your knowledge and the fact you can create accurate and impressive models too!

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