I took a pic of this same spider today (11/30/2019) in Sabino Canyon in Tucson, AZ
Aphonopelma chalcodes, male.
Great photo! I think I finally know the answer for this one. Aphonopelma chalcodes. An Arizona Blond Tarantula AKA/ Mexican Blond Tarantula. The catch was that the males aren’t blond, they have black legs and reddish hairy posteriors. Their range is mostly Arizona and Mexico. He’s cute!
Agreed, but their range is much of the south west. NM.AZ,CO,CA north to Sacramento.
I had 2 females living in my yard above Pasadena, More dark tan with a light tan carapace.
The dozen or so males around near Prescot Az. were near black like the photo,3 on the back porch one morning, on on the window screen.
DRI calls them desert blond tarantulas.
Thanks! I meant to recheck the range and common name. The source I used may be outdated. The consensus of the identification websites appears to be to call them Desert Blond Tarantulas. We don’t have the species on SpiderID yet, at least in the photo gallery.
Common names are such a mess, hardly worth the bother. The Aphonopelma hentzi further eats has a good dozen common names, often connected to the state found in.
I don’t like them either. I’ve had to explain what a “daddy long legs” is – and isn’t – far too many times. I read somewhere that “daisy” is one of the more over-used plant common names. I’ve never heard anyone say many of the allegedly common names of many spiders and plants. People I talk to call the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, “orb spiders” or “those black and yellow big striped spiders you see sometimes.” Common names vary too much by region too. Where I live Dolomedes spp. are Fishing spiders. One state south they are Dock spiders,… Read more »