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Attacking Desert Beauty

Attacking Desert Beauty
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ, @ ISO 80
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Arthropods [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-20 0:31
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Points: 84
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Galeodes toelgi (Toelg’s Camel Spider) [in Turk. Tölg’ün Böyüsü, Böğü] (A Female)

Today a repost which I uploaded approx. two years eago as a 1st on TN! Of course, this is also a first post now! Next month it would be published in the “Bilim ve Teknik” (Science & Technique) magazine by TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) as whole page! That is the reason why I re-upload this magnificent beauty again. Hoping that you like this shot and its WS showing the beauty in her pit burrow under a stone!

TFL and have a nice week!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.



The genus Galeodes (Camel Spiders), whose members are distributed from northern Africa through southeastern Europe and Asia, is the most speciose genus in the order Solifugae, with 174 species. In Turkey 21 species are known from Turkey. 16 of these seem to be endemic species to Turkey.

Galeodes toelgi inhabits the warm semi-desert plains of the SE Anatolia, it was describe from Gavur Mountains, Hatay province in Turkey. We found this animal in Kilis province (Çörten vilage) near the border of Gaziantep province. It is also reported from the Gaziantep, Sanliurfa and Siirt provinces. However, there is a possibility of occurrence in N Syria and N Iraq. They are nocturnal coming out during the night in search for food and hide in burrow or under logs during the day. Pedipalps (mouth parts) and extremities are typically orange coloured. The total body length in this female which I photographed here is approx. 3 cm. However, it can be reach more than this value.

All Solifugids are very aggressive. They are not venomous but can inflict a very painful bite! Camel Spiders are short lived only living for approx. 1-1.5 years. They belong to the Solifugae family and have been called Wind Scorpions and Sun Spiders.

Solifugids are one of the dominant predatory arthropods in arid ecosystems and extreme arid ecosystems where there is little vegetation (e.g., rocky habitats and dune systems), and also serve as important prey for such vertebrates as exist in these habitats. Some authors considered solifugids indicator species for desert environments. Living in these arid environments, solifugids are subjected to very high daytime temperatures, low nighttime temperatures and low relative humidity. Nevertheless, they apparently have high metabolic rates and are, probably because of their high metabolic rate, voracious predators. All aspects of their interesting physiology in these extreme ecosystems remain to be explored.


1. The Arachnid Order Solifugae
2. Werner, F. (1922). Ergebnisse einer zoologisch. Forshungsrise nach Kleinasien. II. Skorpione und Solifugen asus dem Amanus-Gebirge. Archive für Naturgeschichte, Section A (Zoology), 85 (8): 141-145.
3. Koç, H. (2007). The Solifuges (Arachnida: Solifugae) fauna of Southeast Anatolia: Systematic, Zoogeography and Ecology. Ege University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, PhD. Disertation, 243 pp (in Turkish with Eng. Summ).

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Hi Bayram!

A beauty she is, but impressive and fearful, too. Luckily I encounter her only through TN... The picture is beautiful, and the details are well shaped. I also like the insect's pose and the complementary picture in the WS.

Kind regards


Selam My Dear Friend,
A lovely capture of this beautiful camel spider female. I have seen this species before from you and also from Radomir Jaskula (Cicindela) (not this species but something similar). Great sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing this beauty,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-20 1:26]

Szia Barátom Bayram,

Fantastic sharpness and very fine, nice details of this interesting Spider species, very rare sp.on TN! TFS and congratulations for this work!

Nature is full of wonderful things and places like this allow us to unearth them.I had seen before pictures of this genus of spiders taken by U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but they were of different species and, i think, even manipulated.Tales described them like monstrous and huge beings, even capable to eat human flesh....Anyway its appearance is not the most reassuring.

Good start of week.


İnsanın kılları diken diken oluyor hocam bu fotoya bakınca.
Muhteşem bir görüntü. Emeğinize sağlık.

Bayram hocam süper zamanlama ve harika bir sunum.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

Ciao BBB. TFS this strange specie. Hard light to manage with this colour but you've done a very good work.


Hi Bayram,

Tantastic photo of this stranger
Excellent sharp details and lovely colors in this beautiful composition

TFS Thijs

Ciao Bayram, fantastic macro of amazing creature, splendid light, fine details, wonderful natural colors and excellent sharpness , very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Brrrr... I could not imagine to see this creature in real lifee Dayi. Such a large looking and aggressive spider. You are absolutely brave! Great photos!
Kind regards,

Hi little bro,

great image and congretulations for first post.
I have been seen it before from you.
Nice to be in the magazine as whole page.
Great pov, good sharpness and details with fine colours.
Both pictures are beauty's.


Merhabalar Hocam,
İki yıl önce baya bi yaygara koparılmıştı "et yiyen dev örümcek" diye. Bu Walterinnesia ile hemşehri anlaşılan. Bilim Teknik'te yayınlanacak olması da ayrıca bi güzel.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-20 6:23]

Wonderfully captured species of spider, good viewpoint and the highlight is its attacking pose, well presented. tfs.

Bayram daha önce de görmeme rağmen aynı hayranlıkla izledim.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Selam ve sevgiler,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-20 8:25]

Hello Bayram,
An impressive pose of the spider in this photo. Very good POV, excellent sharp detailed and beautiful bright colours. Great DOF and composition.

hello Bayram
beautiful picture with good details and great sharpness
i love this insect they are very big with the soft body
i have seen this specie in a little insect zoo
greeting lou

My dearest friend Bayram,
Was this attack on you because you opened he burrow?
Were you ever bitten?

Your action shot (workshop) is terrifying - and I wonder - about you wandering around alone at night how safe you are?!?

Is this spider so white because it lives underground?

You ought to get a citation for bravery!!

Thanks for bringing to TrekNature the results of your adventures and special thank for your educational Notes.

I wish you a good evening and an enjoyable week

Your far away friend Ingrid

Merhaba Bayram,
What a very agressive and strange spider! It's easy to imagine that it can inflict painful bites with its strong mouth pincer. Excellent capture with great details and DOF. I can imagine how you found this "beauty" - not my personnal idea of beauty ;) - while searching for snakes... Congratulations for the publication and good evening,

Bayram hocam muhteşem zamanlama ve harika bir böyü. Daha öncede bazı dergilerde ve kitaplarda fotolarınızı gördüm o yüzden şaşırmıyorum. Hatta geçen yıl Türk Zooloji Dergisinin kapağı da size aitti yanlış hatırlamıyorsam.
Ellerinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-20 12:18]
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Merhaba Dostum,
Sanırım bu örümceği çıplak gözle hiç görmedim.Bilim ve Teknik dergisinde fotografın yayınlanacak olması çok güzel.Fotograf kalitesi de üst düzeyde.İyi geceler diliyorum.Ellerine sağlık..

hello Bayram,
Perfect catch. Exceptional details and superb clarity.
Very good focus and sharpness. Congratulation!
A real beauty.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-20 13:19]

Hello MF Bayram,
Great macro of this inteeresting spider. Excellent light and very sharp details. Fine composition.Best regards Siggi

Hola Bayram

Guau, vaya araña más expectacular, increible los datos aportados, una imagen fuera de serie, perfecta composición y nitidez. Verdaderamente una obra de arte. Felicidades. Gracias por compartir.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hola Bayram,
si no recuerdo mal esta fotografía la publicaste en tus anteriores trabajos
en Tn. La recuerdo especialmente con cariño ya que me dedicaste una de esta
especie a mí. Ya te dije entonces que la calidad de este trabajo es excepcional.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Bayram

She is a beauty indeed and its a great shot, congratulations on getting it published. Superb composition and sharpness.


Hello Bayram,
Excellent macro of this Spider, great colors, very fine details and sharpnes. Well done!

Dear Bareatom,
Congratulations for the wonderful photo - of such an ugly looking animal :) - and for the future publication. I don't think I ever saw such an awful creation of God. This spider should eat a whole mushroom. :) Excellent macro photo, wonderfully taken focus. Photographical-wise it can't be any better, headed with your always informative note. A significant and interesting post, thanx for sharing.
Good night, all the best, László

A stunner for a shot, Big Bro!
Simply awesome macro of this spider!
Very well done!
Best regards,

Canim kardesim. fotolarinin ayinlanmasina sasmamali.. kalite ve bilgi birlesince ortaya muhtesem fotolar cikiyor..bu da cok normal.. tebrik ederim. Ama bende boyle bir hayvanla dogada karsilasmak istemem:)) hepimizden selamlar..

Muhteşemliğini kanıtlamış fotolar hocam. Fazla söze gerek yok!
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

Hallo Bayram
Sharp, clear, well framed. Not only the image is stunning - maybe I should say perfect - But also your info is very complete and well explained. I really like it! The hairiness is really spectacular. Congratulations on having this image published in the “Bilim ve Teknik” (Science & Technique) magazine. Thanks for sharing a beautiful macro. Best regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-21 4:40]

Hi Bayram

Again an incredible post from you my friend!
Even if this is an older post, people needed to see this again and it's definitely worth enjoying in every aspect.
This spider is just terrific and the pose you managed to get here is simply magnificent - the legs lifted up and the "mouth" so well visible...what a catch!!!
I also like the clarity of every single details here - with even those hairs so well visible - as well as the great natural light on the whole body.
Overall, a beautiful post.

Bravo and TFS

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-09-21 5:09]

Hi Bayram
That is an amasing macro.Excellent low pov with great sharpness and fantastic detail.Also beautiful natural colors and first class text.
TFS Michel

Hi Bayram Brother,

This is so amazing! I have never seen a spider like this! this is superb shot of the hairy attaching spider. Very neatly composed. Very well done


Hello Bayram,
fantastic image, details, light and sharpness incredible. A image very very good. Regards, Paolo

Do you lock your doors at night and check your shoes before you put them on?:-) Or use pesticides? This is something I would not like to wake me up at night! Great shot!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-21 19:32]

Hello Bayram,
I have to be honest and say, this is one nasty looking spider. I have heard of Camel Spiders before, but never dreamed they would look so frightening.
You have captured an incredible image of this particular one showing superb detail, color and exposure!! Great work!!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-24 0:29]

Çok etkileyici!...
Gerçekten tam vaktinde ve muhteşem çekmişsin.Eline emeğine sağlık...

Hello Bayram,

Ha! Ha! quelle splendeur et détails infinis de cet insecte poilu. Brrr! c'est impressionant.
Les couleurs sont en harmonie avec le sol, bravo pour cette superbe capture.
Amicalement. Yolande

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Çok ürkütücü ve tehditkar bir hali var.
Zamanlama ve uzun tüy detayları harika gözüküyor.
Zayıf olan görme yeteneğini, titreşim algılayıcısı uzun tüy sensörleri ile telafi ediyor sanırım.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Bu Böğe herhalde savunma halinde. Alan derinliğini de çok iyi ayarlamışsınız. ellerinize sağlık hocam.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-30 5:59]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
very exciting view and very ferocious spider. how lively to see the details with shiny and spiny hairs.
Excellent presentation and I discover and see a new specie today.


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