Treat yourself to 15% off apparel, cases and laptop skins with code FORME15

A male Desert Blond Tarantula shot in Cave Creek, Arizona. Don’t see them in the day very often, this guy was trapped in a small bucket so I grabbed my camera and set him free. Took about 40 shots to get 3 worthwhile, as every time I got down in front of him he lifted up his 2 front legs and ran at me – blurring almost every shot.

Canon 20D with a Canon 100mm Macro.

The female is uniform in color, while the male has black on his legs. Desert Blond Tarantulas are nocturnal predators that rarely travel too far from their burrows, except during mating season. In addition to their venom, they utilize the hairs on the top of the abdomen for defense. These hairs are tipped with backward pointing barbs. If a tarantula is threatened in any way, it brushes these hairs into the face, paw or another portion of its attacker, these barbs are irritating and difficult to remove.


  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 5 years ago

    I would be a little nervous if he started running toward me, you are brave. Great capture Daniel.

  • lol… Thank you kindly, Rosalie!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    I think I would have been running the other way. They are fine at a distance or behind glass. Yikes. Excellent capture.

  • No, they are really pretty harmless ; ) Thanks much, Bunny!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 5 years ago
    Excellent capture, Dan. The detail and color couldn’t be better. Well done.
  • Thank you, Mick! I was afraid it may be too dark, much appreciated!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 5 years ago

    Makes me ever so glad I don’t live in the desert!!! Great detail and clarity Daniel, beautifully captured.
    Carol :o)

  • Very much appreciated, Carol! These guys are nothing next to the scorpions, black widows and the recluse spiders ; )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 5 years ago

    I see u r out and about nice one

  • Thanks, G! Yeah, I got this guy just a couple of days ago :-)

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

    I would want to be on the end of a 500mm lens to capture this shot – macro NO WAY

  • lol… Thank you very much, Kelly : ) I wouldn’t just pick him up, but they’re pretty docile, if he had just stayed still ;)

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • pollyh
    pollyhover 5 years ago

    UGH!!! You make me even happier I don’t live in the desert Daniel!!! You keep capturing these creatures, I’m more than happy to sit back here and appreciate your photographic skills! Lol…

  • That’s too funny! Thank you kindly, Carol! lol…

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • wildrider58
    wildrider58over 5 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Thank you very much, Wildrider!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Very much appreciated, Kathy!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    Great capture, Daniel. I don’t think I would want to run into one. xo

  • Harmless, just don’t step right next to one : ) Thanks much, Lori :-)

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.