- Jul 19, 2002
This past weekend I was presented with the opportunity to some great field collecting for 3 days. Myself as well as a couple of good friends toured all over northern and central Arizona in search of some of its rarer animals. Among the animals we caught were, Collard Lizards, Spiny Tailed Lizards, Centruroides exilicauda girshi, Aphonopelma chalcodes, Aphonopelma paloma (worlds smallest tarantula), and Aphonopelma behlei. For the past 3 years (ever since I started field collecting) I have been searching for A. behlei. Thanks to some great tips from a friend I was able to locate and capture 3 of them. Even though we were in the middle of what appeared to be a colony 3 was all that could be found. We flipped hundreds of rocks, and I discovered what others said about them is true, they are scarce at best. Non-the less I am very excited, I learned many new techniques for field collecting. My fingers are raw from the flipping and I am sun Burnt but I am very self satisfied.