Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens in Coro, Venezuela

Fran

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This is what my good friend Eliud finds every day when taking the dogs for a walk.

The picture was taken in the surrowndings of the locality of Caujarao, Coro (Venezuela).

The wasp , after removing the tarantula from her burrow, is doing her bussines with our fatty and probably gravid friend, to take care of her brood.


Thanks a lot To Eliud Petite for your permission to post the picture and the info (Muchas gracias mi pana! )
 

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nature will never cease to amaze me!
 

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As much as I love C. cyaneopubescens, that is one cewl wasp! Any idea what species?
 

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Well if isnt mature, isnt gravid.
 

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Cool, any other photo's to share, habitat ect...?
Later, Tom
 

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Well if isnt mature, isnt gravid.
True, but a spider doesn't necessarily have to be fully mature to be gravid. I was only pointing out the fact that the GBB in your picture wasn't full grown, so most likely not gravid.
 

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Yeah was just about to ask. Would like to see what their habitat is like when they aren't being accosted by wasps!

But great pic Fran!
 

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True, but a spider doesn't necessarily have to be fully mature to be gravid. I was only pointing out the fact that the GBB in your picture wasn't full grown, so most likely not gravid.
Well, I have t ask Eliud.

Depending on the size of the wasp and of course, the T...

If shes around 5+ DLS, it could be gravid. (Yes, I have noticed the markings in the abdomen propper of younger T's )
 

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The wasp , after removing the tarantula from her burrow, is doing her bussines with our fatty and probably gravid friend, to take care of her brood.
Removing it from her burrow? We have Pepsis wasps around here that hunt our local tarantulas - but they don't remove the tarantula from its burrow. If the tarantula is found in or near its burrow, the spider is stung and paralyzed, not killed. The wasp lays an egg on it and seals up the burrow so the young larvae will have live food when it hatches. Tarantulas found away from a burrow are stung and hauled to a burrow that the wasp digs. There are other species of wasps here that hunt other spiders, sometimes accumulating a bunch of small spiders in a burrow as food for the brood.

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True, but a spider doesn't necessarily have to be fully mature to be gravid. I was only pointing out the fact that the GBB in your picture wasn't full grown, so most likely not gravid.
If a tarantula is not sexually mature, it cannot produce eggs. And it can't be gravid until it can produce eggs. Note that "fully mature" is not the same thing as "fully grown". A spider can be gravid before being fully grown, but not before being mature.
 

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A spider can be gravid before being fully grown, but not before being mature.
Exactly what I was trying to say. Thanks for the correction, I shouldn't have used the word mature. But let me ask, aren't their degrees of maturity? If it isn't fully mature yet, but somewhat mature, then don't you think it could be gravid?
 
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