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Spider: Sun Spider

Unread post by Muzo » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:15 pm

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!


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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by Rusty Justy » Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:27 pm

One of the Solifuge species....Known as Red Romans, Sun Spiders, or Kalahari Fararri's by some :D
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread post by DuneRichard » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:58 pm

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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Sun spider: Red roman

Unread post by darth bangkok » Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:05 am


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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Re: Spider ID needed

Unread post by Tshwene » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:56 pm

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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