- Aug 16, 2002
A few weeks ago, I was in southern Arizona collecting inverts. One of my favorite methods is road cruising...driving slowly down back roads and watching for critters crossing the road. I have found many male tarantulas this way, and when I saw a tarantula on the side of the road, I assumed it was a male, but when I got out to look, it turned out to be a female (or immature male) A. chalcodes being dragged by a huge pepsis wasp! Having never seen this before, I was facinated, but tarantula lover that I am, I intervened and collected both animals (the wasp will be a pinned specimen). The spider was almost totally paralized, but it did seem capable of sloooowly returning its legs to a more or less normal resting position. I set up the spider in an ICU (small container with moist towels as a substrate, see the Tarantula Keeper's Guide for more details). Every couple of days, I gently turn the spider on it's back and drip a little water on it's mouth so it can drink. I've also taken a smahed cricket and placed it on the mouth, and I think it actually ate some. From reading the ATS Forum Magazine, I think it may be possible to rehabilitate the tarantula, at least partially. We'll see. If anyone has any advice, let me know!