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Arizona Blonde night shot I found this beauty in the dark of night. Luckily I was able to use a flash and get a decent focus on her. Her abdomen looks a bit empty so I am sure she was out for a good hunt. Aphonopelma chalcodes,Desert blond tarantula,Geotagged,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Arizona Blonde night shot

I found this beauty in the dark of night. Luckily I was able to use a flash and get a decent focus on her. Her abdomen looks a bit empty so I am sure she was out for a good hunt.

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  1. What an exciting observation and superb image. A golden beauty. Posted 4 months ago

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The Desert blond tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes Chamberlin, 1940) is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. It has a limited distribution in the deserts of Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico but can be very common within this range. The common name "blond tarantula" refers to the carapace, which is densely covered in pale hairs, and contrasts strongly with the all-dark legs and abdomen. The female body length is up to 56 mm, males only reaching 44 mm.

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Species identified by Stephen Philips
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Uploaded Aug 11, 2019. Captured in Catalina, AZ 85739, USA.