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[*] posted on 11-5-2018 at 08:31 AM


The baddest bug in the jungle down here is the deer fly. Very aggressive and painful bite.



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[*] posted on 11-8-2018 at 12:26 PM


Quote: Originally posted by surabi  
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.


More than likely he did not find an albino whip spider. He probably happened upon one that had just molted. When insects molt the cuticle is soft and often very pale. Over the course of several minutes or hours (depends on the bug) the cuticle will harden and return to its normal color. If I had a nickel for each time somebody told me that found an albino c-ckroach I would have retired by now. Wait 20 minutes and the roach is miraculously not albino anymore :biggrin:
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[*] posted on 11-10-2018 at 05:07 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Bugman  
Quote: Originally posted by surabi  
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.


More than likely he did not find an albino whip spider. He probably happened upon one that had just molted. When insects molt the cuticle is soft and often very pale. Over the course of several minutes or hours (depends on the bug) the cuticle will harden and return to its normal color. If I had a nickel for each time somebody told me that found an albino c-ckroach I would have retired by now. Wait 20 minutes and the roach is miraculously not albino anymore :biggrin:


Nope, he caught it and kept it for a few days until giving it to a friend who is fascinated by them. Stayed bright white. Any creature can be albino, I believe. Of course it's rare. But interesting to know about the molting process.
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[*] posted on 11-12-2018 at 10:53 AM





One of our friends who were guests at our casa this week, mistakenly left a couple camp chairs folded up outside on our patio. We discovered three of these spiders inside when we unfolded the chairs. They are quite large - For reference, the blue tile in the top right corner of the picture is 4"x4" and the grout line is about an inch wide. I believe this is a Huntsman Spider. Can anyone verify?
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