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    NorCal Tarantulas!

    Apparently, it's Tarantula mating season so they are out in number. Saw one today up at Arastradero. Seen any this year? Photos! Photos of a big hairy Tarantula sitting in your palm scores double points!

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    From last Fall


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    Right after the first rain they go nuts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
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    That scores triple points!

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    I'll never forget when we went on a ride at Glory Hole (New Melones Reservoir), on the road to the lake, there were hundreds of tarantulas crossing. We had to wait a while before the road cleared enough to cross.

    I would have taken a pic, but this was a long time ago, before cameras.










    Caw caw!!

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    What the heck do they do during the rest of the year? Never seen one outside of October

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I'll never forget when we went on a ride at Glory Hole (New Melones Reservoir), on the road to the lake, there were hundreds of tarantulas crossing. We had to wait a while before the road cleared enough to cross.

    I would have taken a pic, but this was a long time ago, before cameras.










    Caw caw!!
    Good thing you were on your penny-farthing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH40 View Post
    Right after the first rain they go nuts!
    Don't we all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffsterb View Post
    What the heck do they do during the rest of the year? Never seen one outside of October
    The femaies live in burrows and the males wander around looking for them...

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    Saw another one today cruising through Arastradero. There's one trail up there they seem to hang out at.

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    We found one trying to cross Alpine road near the intersection with Sand Hill last weekend. I used my tire to turn it around and send him back into the bushes. Poor guy thought I was attacking him, but really I was saving his life!

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    This guy scared the crap out of me at the Santa Teresa golf parking lot.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/LGSqUrQvh5iE9y7d9

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    Diablo in September. This guy went up my arm.
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    I found this guy while riding at sunset, what a nice surprise. I moved it off the trail which made it grumpy. Sorry buddy. They also don't like close up phone photos...
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    LOL ^ great thread.

    Iíve seen them in east San Diego. Never did get any photos though. How about getting stung by a Tarantula Hawk Wasp, any bonus points for that? After all they are #2 on the list for most painful insect bites to humans. I stepped on one barefoot while I was packing up to go home from jet skiing at El Capitan Reservoir. I can vouch for the pain. I dropped to my knees paralyzed in pain for a good 15 minutes. My girlfriend helped me hobble up the rest of the 100í embankment where I ended up going to the ER. A shot of something and I was fine after a day. Iíve been stung by numerous species of bees, wasps and hornets and nothing even came close to that pain.

    For those that donít know. A Tarantula Hawk female hunts down a Tarantula and fights it. The wasp always wins. It stings the Tarantula and the Tarantula immediately becomes paralyzed. The wasp then drags the spider back into its own den. Lays a single egg on the Tarantulas abdomen, the spider still alive mind you, but paralyzed. The wasp then closes the den and leaves in search of another Tarantula. The wasp egg hatches and the baby wasp feeds on the live paralyzed Tarantula until itís strong enough to go off in its own. Itís what horror movies are made from, being eaten alive.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...s-science.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL ^ great thread.

    Iíve seen them in east San Diego. Never did get any photos though. How about getting stung by a Tarantula Hawk Wasp, any bonus points for that? After all they are #2 on the list for most painful insect bites to humans. I stepped on one barefoot while I was packing up to go home from jet skiing at El Capitan Reservoir. I can vouch for the pain. I dropped to my knees paralyzed in pain for a good 15 minutes. My girlfriend helped me hobble up the rest of the 100í embankment where I ended up going to the ER. A shot of something and I was fine after a day. Iíve been stung by numerous species of bees, wasps and hornets and nothing even came close to that pain.
    That's some cool info. Something you may enjoy, bullet ant gloves of the Satere-Mawe tribe. Google it.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    That's some cool info. Something you may enjoy, bullet ant gloves of the Satere-Mawe tribe. Google it.....

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    Insanity, knowing the pain I endured Iím surprised they donít have a heart attack during this.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Tarantulas

    I tend to see a lot, like the below, at Shell Ridge (just below Mt Diablo). Lot of rattlesnakes too.
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