Tuesday, July 12, 2005

costa rica: spiders





11 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Heath said...

(these are from a trip to Costa Rica last year. all taken with my old camera, in our cabana or within twenty yards of it. and yes, they're as big as they look.)

12:35 AM  
Blogger anne said...

I'd much rather face one of those spiders than jenn see's moth.
Even though the one before last is really quite ugly.
Do you know their names at all?

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Graymalkin said...

I think the fourth one down is Ungoliant.

4:47 AM  
Blogger DeeM said...

i'm frozen. spiders scare the begesus out of me. these photos are so aweome it gave me the shivers!

7:14 AM  
Blogger jenn see said...

wicked. i love spiders. as long as they're not touching me.

my favorite is the daddylonglegs, which i don't think is actually a spider at all. whatever it is, it's got one of the most deadly poisons anywhere--but its fangs are too fragile to pierce human skin.

i like the really delicate-looking one here, probably for similar reasons.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Daniel Heath said...

anne: you mean this moth? he's cute... as for their names, the tarantula is Juan. the other ones we didn't really name on the spot, but I'm guessing that, in descending order, they are Lucretia, Gunther, Jefe, and "Little Jake" Crawford.

graymalkin: no, Ungoliant was a little out of frame to the left biting the head off a sheep.

dee: you must not be too much of an arachnophobe if you're still typing. my supervisor has to go to the hospital if she sees a snake. (has seizures and everything.) I have a few really cute snake photos though...

Jenn: I like that one, too. I like his leg warmers especially. for scale, his body was about the size of your little finger.

3:02 PM  
Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

I hate the buggers. Jenn See told me I shouldn't look, so uh, here I am! =) They are beautiful and highly fascinating but they tend to give me a huge case of the willies. And why is that one walking on a table...

9:25 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath said...

livewire: thanks for stopping by. "that one" is Juan. it's not a table, it's the kitchen counter. and he was walking there b/c the cabana was in the jungle and had no screens or windows. those of you who are Juan fans should check out these two short videos I took with the digicam.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Graymalkin said...

I suppose it'd be best if T not look at these. I seem to remember quite a bit of consternation caused by one of those plastic halloween spiders. For what it's worth, the wife thought Ungoliant was the latin name. Nope, just Quenya.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Chemical Billy said...

Dude! I think I've met Juan's American cousin, Joe-Bob.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow , i'm going to costa rica in a few months , thats one huge spider ! ek i dont liek spiders at all ! These pictures are amazing !

9:07 AM  

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