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February 10, 2008

Legendary Camel Spider !

This blog was primarily intended for publishing anything I like...
today is 'Spider Day' because I've just found this...

As we just can't talk on and again about presidential love stories, fractals, UFOs, markets
evolution, mafiosi under arrest, Berlusco's devotion to money, hip hop, chaos theory, sacred
geometry, nightclubbers, popes, dahus, sashimis, or american elections... let's dedicate a few
line to these God's solifugae creatures...

They actually aren't spiders at all, they're solifugae. Along with spiders, they are members
of the class Arachnida and are called 'camel spiders' because they live in the desert. They
are somewhat of an urban legend and currently one of the most searched items on the

The camel spider stories began to spread during the 1990-91 Gulf War. Now, with the continued presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East, the stories are becoming legendary but most of them are completely untrue. These creatures are (usually) not dangerous to humans... (more)... except for their bites - I dare to say !

(by exspree).

A Matt Walker BBC article [on July 2010] explains, in a video, their hunting technique :
Camel spiders have evolved a unique way to capture their insect prey."

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