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Small creatures

I'm going to assume that, if you read my blog, you have at least some tolerance for insect and spider photos.

Leafcutter ants foraging on a cholla fruit, from our collecting trip Wednesday night:

Leafcutter ants on cholla cactus fruit

An Arizona blonde tarantula showing its backside to us:
Arizona blonde tarantula

In case you didn't know this, tarantula hawk size is proportional to tarantula size. So hopefully that gives you a good mental image for the size of the tarantula hawks we saw.

A photo from not too long ago of Murphy, the Chilean rose hair tarantula kept in the lab here. She's at least 9 years old by now, and seems to still be doing well.

Murphy

The grad students will occasionally bring her to outreach events because she's friendly and nice to hold.

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