Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Insects, Spiders & Other Category) - Family - Theraphosidae - Tarantula

This challenge closed about 6 years ago.

The Challenge

The 8th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of TARANTULA.

Interesting Facts

> Tarantulas (as the term is used in North America) comprise a group of hairy and often very large arachnids belonging to the family Theraphosidae, of which approximately 900 species have been identified.

> Some genera of tarantulas hunt prey primarily in trees; others hunt on or near the ground.

> All tarantulas can produce silk—while arboreal species will typically reside in a silken “tube tent”, terrestrial species will line their burrows with silk to stabilize the burrow wall and facilitate climbing up and down.

> The largest Tarantula, The Goliath Bird Eater has a leg span that can reach 30cm and fangs that can reach a length of 3cm.

> Despite their often threatening appearance and reputation, no tarantula has been known to have a bite that is deadly to humans.

> Before biting, tarantulas may signal their intention to attack by rearing up into a “threat posture”, which may involve raising their prosoma and lifting their front legs into the air, spreading and extending their fangs, and (in certain species) making a loud hissing by stridulating. They can also flick urticating hairs toward the pursuing predator, which can irritate the skin and even blind the attacker.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information


Cover Image: Dirty Girl with Long Legs by D Byrne


The Top Ten

Dirty Girl with Long Legs by D Byrne

Dirty Girl with Long Legs by D Byrne was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 6 votes.

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