Scorpion and Tarantula Sightings
By Robert Bernstein
Here are my photos from this past weekend of sightings of a scorpion and a tarantula in our area!
On Friday night we participated in the Friday night Sierra Club hike to Inspiration Point.
As far as I remember, this was the first time I have seen a scorpion in our area. I have seen them in Arizona and in Mexico. Others said they have seen them before here.
On Sunday we went for a drive in late afternoon in the Santa Ynez Valley, keeping an eye out for tarantulas. In my experience they tend to appear along the roads in this season after around 4:30PM.
Interestingly, I have always seen them on roads closer to where people live. Not in the back country.
We started out from Solvang on Ballard Canyon Road. I was very happy to see this tarantula scurry across the road around 3:15PM in the afternoon heat and sunlight! He had already made it to the other side of the road by the time I grabbed my camera:
In this season the males roam the roads in search of females in their burrows.
We roamed the roads for another hour or so in search of the males. We tried Foxen Canyon Road. Figueroa Mountain Road. Refugio Road. Baseline Avenue. Edison Street. Armour Ranch Road. Happy Canyon Road. I have seen tarantulas in the past on each of these roads.
But no more tarantulas. Still, I consider it a success! One tarantula sighting is way more cool than none!