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CAMEL SPIDER (solifuge)  ©posted by Elmo86

While solifuges appear to have ten legs, they have eight legs; the first set of appendages are pedipalps, function as sense organs similar to insects’ antennae and give the appearance of an extra pair of legs.

Debunking Urban Legends:

  • They are not especially large, the biggest having a leg span of perhaps 12 centimetres (4.7 in).
  • They are fast on land compared to other invertebrates. The fastest can run perhaps 16 km/h (10 mph) for a short distance, nearly half as fast as the fastest human sprinter.
  • Members of this order of Arachnida apparently have no venom, with the possible exception of one species in India and do not spin webs.
  • In the Middle East, that Solifugae will feed on living human flesh. The story goes that the creature will inject some anaesthetising venom into the exposed skin of its sleeping victim, then feed voraciously, leaving the victim to awaken with a gaping wound. Solifugae, however, do not produce such an anaesthetic, and they do not attack prey larger than themselves unless threatened.
  • Other stories include tales of them leaping into the air, disemboweling camels, screaming, and running alongside moving humvees; all of these tales are false.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solifugae

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BLACK WIDOW SPIDER (L. hesperus)  -  ©NTI for the Daily Mail

Not uncommon in our neighborhood, but still surprised to find THREE of them decided to make a nest under my dish drainer this week - EEEEEEEK!

Sadly, the click through is to an article from 2008, reporting their expansion into the U.K.

  • Black Widow spiders inhabit most of the warmer regions of the world to a latitude of about 45 degrees N. and S.
  • They occur throughout all four deserts of the American Southwest.
  • The female black widow spider is the most venomous spider in North America
  • Her bite seldom causes death as it injects a very small amount of venom 
  • Reports indicate human mortality at well less than 1% from black widow spider bites. [A Black Widow bite did kill one of my cats several years ago]
  • Anyone bitten by a black widow spider should seek medical care
  • Cold weather and drought may drive these spiders into buildings —bingo!
  • Adult male Black Widows wander in search of females but do not feed or bite.
  • Females may occasionally kill and eat a male after mating but this is more the exception than the rule.
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