The animal kingdom’s arachnid class includes such creatures as spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, and ticks, as well as some outrageous oddities (such as vinegaroons and solfugids). These underappreciated creatures are often written off as pests, and dealt with as such. If one were to give pause to their persecution, however, one might consider how enriched our world is by these creepy-crawlies (making the exception of ticks, because everyone hates them, myself included). Have you ever seen the beautifully intricate web of an orb weaver? What about the outstanding turquoise color of a scorpion, resting under a black light? Perhaps a spider’s web covered in dewdrops, glimmering in the morning sun? All of these things offer a testament to the value of arachnids, not to mention the astronomical number of insects they consume, including large numbers of flies, mosquitoes, and gnats. In this album, you will find some captivating examples of arachnids, especially spiders!
Found in shaded forests, this lesser-encountered Orb Weaver species is one of the few spider species to hang on the web with it’s head pointed upwards. Photographed in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
A Carolina Wolf Spider, briefly interrupted from it's search for food. For this shot, I had to lay on the ground, less than a foot from my subject. Photographed near Tucson, AZ, USA. Purchase This Print
Due to the chemical composition of their exoskeletons, most (if not all) scorpions glow blue when viewed at night, using a black light. Arizona Bark Scorpion photographed near Tucson, AZ, USA. Purchase This Print
A nice, close look at the underside of a tiny Arrow-Shaped Micrathena spider. These lovely orb weavers are denizens of Northeastern US woodlands, where they build rather unique webs. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
The tiny, beautiful arrow-shaped micrathena spider. This small orb weaver had a few water droplets remaining from the previous night's shower. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
On a super-macro level, I find it fascinating that some spiders become exponentially creepier while others become downright adorable. This jumping spider (species unknown) definitely fits the latter category. Photo taken in Winfield, PA, USA. Purchase This Print
Sometimes photo subjects are encountered in the funniest places. While searching for fossils, this little cardinal jumping spider was unearthed from a layer of rock in which she was hiding. Photo taken near Beaver Springs, PA, USA. Purchase This Print