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Arizona Road Trip Fall 2013: Spiders & Ground Mantid
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Cottonwood, Arizona

Giant crab spider or huntsman (Olios giganteus).

Baby tarantula.

Holbrook, Arizona

Cave spider (Damon variegatus) purchased at Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company.

Above Creature Featured In The Movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Tailless whipscorpion or African cave spider (Damon variegatus). It differs from whiptail scorpions (order Thelyphonida = Uropygida ) in having a rounded abdomen lacking a tail and spray glands. This relative of the whiptail scorpion has a conspicuously flattened body. It differs from true spiders in having long, whip-like front legs, strong, armored pedipalps and no spinnerets. The unique 1st pair of legs are modified into long, slender "feelers" called antenniform legs. These are used to sense surroundings and find prey in dark caves of eastern Africa. The modified pedipalps are used to grasp prey. One species (Paraphrynus mexicanus) is native to the southern Arizona.

This species is featured in the movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." In one scene Mad-eye Moody tortures this animal with the Imperius Curse until Hermione Granger begs him to stop. As the whipscorpion is tossed onto different students in the classroom, Moody makes the following two contradictory statements: "Don't worry, completely harmless....If she bites, she's lethal." In case you are wondering, this spider relative is nonvenomous.

Lower Salt River
I Found A Lot Of The Following Creatures While
Looking Under Rocks For The Elusive Trap-jaw Ant:

This large scorpion dined on a tenebrionid beetle.

Peralta: Superstition Mtns
Ground Mantid (Litaneutria minor)

A well-camouflaged ground mantid (Litaneutria minor).
More Images Of
Ground Mantids
On Wayne's Word:

Owens Peak
Desert Near Blythe
Anza-Borrego Desert