Sometimes I’m glad not to be a grasshopper:

Anelosimus sp. social spiders (Ecuador)

Nothing freaks out the arachnophobe in me more than social spiders. One of the more common arachnids in tropical forests, these spiders spin communal webs with hundreds or thousands of individuals.

Anelosimus, up close


photo details:
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
Canon EOS 7D
(top) ISO 400 f/11 1/250 sec
(bottom) ISO 200 f/14 1/250 sec
off-camera strobe

(middle)Tamron 11-18mm wide angle zoom
ISO 800 f/7 1/25 sec