Spider Pictures

Posted Nov 3, 2003
Last Updated Nov 1, 2011

Many people in this world don't realize how beneficial spiders are. Beyond their bizarre look (which merits respect in a photographer's handbook), they eat insects that are pests.

The large orange-legged spider you see here only lived a few hours after this photograph--not because of inclement weather or bigger predators--but because one of my friends (who I will leave unidentified) thought the spider was too big. It's a shame, since the colors were very vibrant, and I'm sure its size required it to eat many insects.

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