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.  Have you ever seen the intricately-beautiful 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 details offer the tiniest testament to the value of arachnids, not to mention the astronomical number of insects they consume which includes large numbers of flies, mosquitoes, and gnats.  In this album, you will find some captivating examples of arachnids, especially spiders!