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Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius)

Each fall, tarantulas (Aphonopelma iodius) can be seen wandering around in broad daylight. Since they are often observed in large numbers, this phenomenon is frequently called a "tarantula migration," but that is really a misnomer. In actuality, mature males have simply left the safety of their burrows in search of receptive females before winter brings an end to mating season. Despite this spider's formidable size and appearance, its venom is not medically significant for humans. It can, however, flick urticating hairs from the back of its abdomen into the eyes and other sensitive areas of would-be predators, stopping them in their tracks with incredible pain.

Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0240
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) crossing a fallen branch. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0238
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), threatened specimen rearing up in a defensive posture. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0234
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), dorsal view. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0233
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), ground-level lateral view. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0232
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), detailed close-up of the carapace. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0231
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius). Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0230
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) crossing a gravel path. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0229
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), posterior view showing bald patches where the urticating hairs have been flicked off of the tarantula's abdomen. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0228
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) traversing an oak woodland. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0227
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), lateral view of a specimen with his abdomen raised high. Alameda County, California, USA.
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Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0225
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius). Alameda County, California, USA.
SPI0225

Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0224
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius). Alameda County, California, USA.
SPI0224

Mature male tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius) in search of receptive females.  Alameda County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SPI0223
Tarantula (Aphonopelma iodius), highly detailed close-up with focus on the relatively small eyes and hairy chelicerae. Alameda County, California, USA.
SPI0223

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