Cellpic Sunday — 08/07/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

I took this photo the other day. I went out to my backyard and saw this big fellow crawling across the patio. I grabbed my iPhone and took this photo as he slowly meandered across the patio. This guy was about five inches long, not including his legs!

I have since learned that the area I live in, just northwest of Mt. Diablo, is a hotbed for tarantula spiders. This was the first one I saw “in the wild” since moving here two years ago, but with a lot of development encroaching on their natural habitat, I can expect to see more and more of these critters around my home.

The good news is that these ugly monster spiders are docile and are not poisonous. So while they look like they came right out of a horror movie, they are harmless. As long as they stay outside, they are welcome to wander around my yard.

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

21 thoughts on “Cellpic Sunday — 08/07/22

  1. Nancy Richy August 7, 2022 / 12:07 pm

    Oofah! Ever see spider cricket? They’re creepy, ugly, huge and like to hang out in my garage. I’m getting the creepy-crawlies just thinking about them!

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    • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 12:27 pm

      I’ve seen spiders and crickets, but never a spider cricket. Do they chirp like crickets and build webs like spiders?

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      • Nancy Richy August 7, 2022 / 12:32 pm

        They look like the creature from Alien so I haven’t gotten close enough to know if they chirp and/or spin. They creep me out big time! Now, if they looked like the alien that jumped out of John Hurt’s stomach in “Space Balls”, I’d open my garage to the public and charge admission to the show! 🤣

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        • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 9:07 pm

          So they’re werewolf spider crickets.


  2. Marleen August 7, 2022 / 12:20 pm

    I didn’t know there’s a place in California high in population density of tarantulas. Very interesting.

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  3. Nope, Not Pam August 7, 2022 / 1:05 pm

    What a beautiful fellow, you were lucky to spot him 😊

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  4. rugby843 August 7, 2022 / 1:19 pm

    I can’t even look at a photo of a spider without getting a chill—sorry F no like here

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 3:11 pm

      I understand. Seeing a huge tarantula on my back patio freaked me out.

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      • rugby843 August 7, 2022 / 5:44 pm

        Just reading the word tarantula even gives me a chill

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    • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 3:12 pm

      Definitely the biggest spider I’ve seen in real life!

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  5. bushboy August 7, 2022 / 4:03 pm

    So beautiful. What a good pest exterminator to have around 🙂

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  6. donmatthewspoetry August 7, 2022 / 7:43 pm

    It was an eye-opener when first seen to discover these were harmless and could crawl all over you…..

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    • Fandango August 7, 2022 / 9:08 pm

      Harmless, yes. Crawl all over me? I’ll take a hard pass on that.


      • donmatthewspoetry August 7, 2022 / 10:39 pm

        I’ve seen pics of them crawling over people. Despite being harmless they’re monsters. Even the name ‘tarantula’ is evil..

        We don’t have any down here. Instead we have venomous redback and funnelwebs……

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  7. leigha66 August 10, 2022 / 5:06 pm

    If I was you… that would be about the time to pack up and leave the house behind. I do not like creepy crawlies!

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