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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 04:16 PM
the bugs of Baja


The "What's That Bug" website is a great place to have mysterious bugs identified. A search for Baja California yielded some interesting results. Have any Baja bug photos to share?

https://www.whatsthatbug.com/?s=Baja+California

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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 04:39 PM


Nothing too out of the ordinary......except when they are in the casa! :o

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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 04:48 PM


Not Baja but nearly. Southern California, crossing the road, just minding his own business . . .

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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 05:04 PM



Scorpion
On the inside of my Tacoma, the Concepción Peninsula, Sept. 2016.


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Nuevo Mazatlan, August 2006

On Shell Island, July 2009... Baja Angel was making lunch and sliced a tomato when this friendly tarantula hawk landed and enjoyed the tomato drippings.









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[*] posted on 10-30-2018 at 09:52 PM
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Horse Bean Longhorned Beetle (Trachyderes mandibularis) About 6cm long not counting those "horns".

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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 09:17 AM










[Edited on 10-31-2018 by Russ]




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[*] posted on 10-31-2018 at 05:35 PM


WHAT???
No VW pix yet?
You thread thieving trolls are losing your touch
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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 08:26 AM


Russ, do you know what this one is?


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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 10:33 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaNomad  
A dozen or more (?) threads on here in the past asking about - or discussing - Sun Spiders, Camel Spiders, Wind Scorpions, and what the locals in Baja seem to refer to as Mata Venado (Matavenado) - "deer killer".

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=47246
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=38330
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=33295
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=27185
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=23503
http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=14092

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_spider

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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 02:11 PM


Thanks, David. That's a looker.
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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 02:19 PM


Quote: Originally posted by thebajarunner  
WHAT???
No VW pix yet?
You thread thieving trolls are losing your touch


Here you go . . .


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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 03:35 PM


Lunch in San Felipe:


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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 04:20 PM


@stuck ~ That lunch in San Flip..... how'dja cook'em?




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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 04:23 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajabuddha  
@stuck ~ That lunch in San Flip..... how'dja cook'em?


Medium rare, with a lemon wedge and a splash of Tapatio.




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[*] posted on 11-1-2018 at 04:51 PM


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[*] posted on 11-2-2018 at 05:10 AM


No see Um:








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[*] posted on 11-2-2018 at 11:55 AM


The critter pictured a few times above (most recently in David K's Post) is not a sun spider. This one is in the family Amblipygidae and goes by the common name of whip spider or whip scorpion. They look like something out of a nightmare but are pretty harmless. They are related to scorpions and spiders but are not venomous and don't have much of an attitude. In subtropical and tropical locations they can get very large and I have seen them with a legspan larger than a dinner plate.
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[*] posted on 11-2-2018 at 12:49 PM


They serve all kinds of bugs, fried and otherwise, on the waterfront in Singapore where all the nice restaurants are located.
They display them on panels
If you want to take a picture they charge you for the photo

Maybe some enterprising young dude could sell deep fried tarantula on the Malecon in San Felipe
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[*] posted on 11-3-2018 at 07:23 AM


I saw a whip spider (?) for the first time last week in Punta Chivato, at night with a flashlight in the bathroom of course. Thing looked like it had twice the number of legs from the flashlight shadow. Wickedest looking bug I have ever seen!
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[*] posted on 11-4-2018 at 08:06 PM


Yes, those whip tails are one of the scariest looking little critters. They get really big where I live near PV. Their bodies and pincers are crablike and they move sideways like a crab as well.
They have no toxin and are quite shy, yet every Mexican has a story about how their tio or someone got bit by one and died :-)
I keep a dead one in a jar to show visitors so they don't freak out when they see one.
My neighbor once found an albino one in his bodega, snow white.
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