Bug Bios

Meet our current family of insects and ARACHNIDS!

K’Ehleyr (kay-LAHR)
Family: Filistatidae
Species: Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis)
Range: Southern USA
Diet: Insects
Sex: Female
Facts: Southern house spiders are large and velvety-brown. They build tangled webs that emerge from holes or crevices.

Debbie Harry
Family: Theraphosidae
Species: Desert Blonde Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes)
Range: SW USA
Diet: Insects
Sex: Female
Facts: These tarantulas reside in desert soil. Females make burrows by digging under stones or utilizing former rodent burrows. They may live in the same burrow for decades!

Deanna Troi
Family: Thelyphonidae
Species: Vinegaroon (Mastigoproctus sp.)
Range: Southern USA and South America
Diet: Insects
Sex: Unknown (too difficult)
Facts: Vinegaroons are arachnids, related to spiders and scorpions, but they do not have any venom. For defense, they can secrete a highly concentrated vinegar solution (acetic acid) which smells bad and can be irritating to eyes or other mucous membranes.

The Hissers
Family: Blaberidae
Species: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)
Range: Madagascar
Diet: Fruit, vegetables, dog/cat/cricket food
Sex: Males (horns) and Females (no horns)
Facts: During mating, fighting, or when disturbed, these roaches will make a hissing sound. This sound is produced by forcing air through spiracles (breathing holes) along the sides of their bodies.

Number 6
Family: Pisauridae
Species: Okefenokee Fishing Spider (Dolomedes okefenokensis)
Range: Southern USA
Diet: Insects
Sex: Female
Facts: Fishing spiders wait for prey at the edges of ponds and streams. They catch insects that land on the water by running quickly across the surface of the water.

Family: Theraphosidae
Species: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula (Grammastola rosea)
Range: Chile, Bolivia, Argentina
Diet: Insects
Sex: Female
Facts: This is one of the most common tarantulas kept as pets. They are generally brown with some red or pink coloration.

Dolly Parton
Family: Theraphosidae
Species: Curlyhair Tarantula (Brachypelma albopilosum)
Range: Costa Rica
Diet: Insects
Sex: Female
Facts: The largest threat to the curlyhair tarantula is habitat loss. Once captured in large numbers for the pet trade, they are now bred in captivity and few are caught in the wild.

Family: Caraboctonidae
Species: Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis)
Range: SW USA, Mexico
Diet: Insects, small lizards
Sex: Female
Facts: The desert hairy is the largest scorpion in the United States. It is named for the fine hairs covering the exoskeleton that help it detect movement of potential prey and predators. Like all scorpions, they fluoresce under black light!

The Desert Beetles
Family: Tenebrionidae
Species: Blue Death Feigning Beetle (Asbolus verrucosus), Smooth Death Feigning Beetle (Asbolus laevis), Darkling Beetle (Eleodes spp.)
Range: SW USA
Diet: Omnivorous (veggies, fruits, protein)
Sex: Males and Females
Facts: The death feigning beetles are just what they sound like, when disturbed, they fall over and play dead! Some darkling beetles defend themselves by sticking their rear end up and secreting a stinky fluid.