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Armies of Male Tarantulas on the March in San Francisco

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发表于 10-10-2019 15:36:25 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
Jim Carlton, For the Tarantula, It's Better to Be Loved Than Feared' Warm weather extends their mating season in California; 'Gentle giants.'  Wall Street Journal, Oct 9, 2019 (front page)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/don ... or-love-11570569870
("Warm weather in the San Francisco Bay Area has extended tarantula mating season—a surprisingly public affair [referring to the mating pr mate-searching] * * * The spiders [tarantulas] aren't dangerous to people, in fact it’s the other way around. * * * A sign at the entrance to a trail in Mount Diablo State Park tells visitors: 'Tarantula venom is very mild and won't harm you—unless you're the size of a small lizard or cricket.' * * * In this world, the female has the long-term advantage. They live to procreate another day, as long as 25 years. The males, on the other hand, go on to die soon after mating between age 4 and 7—in some cases immediately after sex at the fangs of their mate. * * * Tarantulas themselves face numerous threats. One is from habitat destruction due to development, which has reduced their numbers, Mr [Michael] Marchiano[, a volunteer naturalist for the Mount Diablo State Park] said. One of its most deadly foes is the tarantula wasp, whose sting leaves the arachnid paralyzed but still alive—until it is consumed by the wasp's offspring")

Note:
(a) There is no need to read the rest, although the article is free.
(b) tarantula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantula
(section 3 Distribution)
(c)
(i) Mount Diablo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Diablo
(ii) English dictionary:
* diablo (n; from Spanish noun masculine diablo devil)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/diablo


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