Arachnids (you know, spiders and mites and things) never had much of a presence in my photo galleries. While I could chalk their absence up to an obsessive focus on formicids, the reality is that I’m mildly arachnophobic. Photographing spiders makes me squirm, so I don’t do it very often.
Oddly, it really is just spiders. I don’t have any trouble with opilionids, mites, or even scorpions. And it isn’t all spiders, either. I’m rather fond of salticids. But there’s something about the form of some spiders that touches off a deeply instinctual revulsion. Embarrassing for an entomologist, but there it is.
Anyway. The last seven years of photographing nature has brought a reluctant accumulation of arachnid photos, and I’ve finally collected enough to put them in their own gallery: