Your friendly biologist,
One of the aspects I have found most interesting is the process is becoming acquainted with an entirely new world of animals, insects, and plants that thrive in this climate. Some are big, some are small, some are exotic, some are scary. We've got the creepy, the crawly, the good, bad, and ugly!
For me, most of these exotics still remain unnamed. So, this blog has given me some incentive to start identifying and sharing some of the stranger, wierder, and/or more beautiful things that I have run across.
I thought I'd start with the insect that scared, still scares, and will continue to scare the hell out of me every time I come across one...[*insert drumroll here*]
May I present you with the TAILESS WHIP SCORPION!
Thankfully, these guys have been pretty rare! But they are uber-creepy!! They look like a giant spider, but with only 6 legs and whip-like antennae. Wait for it...here's the best part...they have these giant pincher claws that they extend at you when you get to close!
Now, this picture doesn't do them justice. You really have to watch the video file to see one in action. It might take a bit to load, but it's worth the wait!
Here's a fun little video from youtube.com
Has anyone else seen these things??
[photo & video credit: http://tides.sfasu.edu/LSA/ARwscorpion.htm]