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 Post subject: Spider: Sun Spider
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:15 pm 
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These were running around the bathrooms at Satara. Boy were they fast! I thought they were ants, but they have eight legs??


Very cool gogga though!


 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:27 pm 
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One of the Solifuge species....Known as Red Romans, Sun Spiders, or Kalahari Fararri's by some :D

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:58 pm 
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One of the funniest experiences I had with a Solifuge was when I had a german family here (their first time in Africa) and we bumped into a solifuge on a guided walk.

So get this, solifuges automatically run for the darkest place they can see if they feel threatened, right...
And 3 great big humans stomping around is pretty threatening to a solifuge, right...
And the darkest place in the solifuge's view would be a human shadow, right...

So the Kalahari Farrari charges towards the german woman's shadow.
German woman shrieks and starts running...
Solifuge charges even faster to get to shadow...
German woman shrieks louder and runs faster...
And so it carried on until I bottled the poor arachnid and released it later in a place where dark spots stand still...

I haven't laughed that much in ages...

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 Post subject: Sun spider: Red roman
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:05 am 

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I saw this guy on a night drive from Letaba rest camp back in September. I didn't catch what the guide said. Something like "Red roman"??

Does anyone have an idea?



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 Post subject: Re: Spider ID needed
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:56 pm 

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hi, it is indeed a red roman spider, not venomous and not a spider. search similar posts, there is lots of info

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