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treegrow PRO 4:03am, 11 December 2012
Our next contest is Arachnids. Please compete with images of spiders and their relatives, including scorpions, solpugids, harvestmen, whipscorpions, vinegaroons, mites, and ticks. Select one (1) of your best images to compete with. Submissions will be open through next Monday (more or less).

Contest rules and instructions on voting and posting are all located here . Please read the rules thoroughly before beginning.

Remember to post only images and their number in the posting sequence, along with a brief explanation of how the image relates to the contest topic (optional). Also, make sure your image is properly tagged, licensed, and posted to the EOL group. If you have questions or comments about the new image sizes or anything else relating to the contest, please post them to this thread. Thanks!
David Bygott PRO 5 years ago
#1 Vinegaroons or giant whip scorpions (Mastigoproctus giganteus) courting, Arizona USA

Mastigoproctus giganteus 1
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treegrow PRO 5 years ago
#2 Argyrodes elevatus, a kleptoparasitic spider that lives in the nets of garden spiders. I also have a video of these little guys in action.

Kleptoparasitic Spider
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HermannFalkner/sokol 5 years ago
#3 One very common Araneus diadematus, but unusually, untypically clad in reddish colours, instead of the much more common brownish ones:
Araneus diadematus - unusual red variety (48°42' N 16°03' E)
yhjklñ Posted 5 years ago. Edited by yhjklñ (member) 5 years ago
#4. The order Pseudoscorpionida are my favourite Arachnids. Hard to find due to their very small size, they are cute, looking like a missing link between scorpions and something else. These smart guys are also known to "hitch-hike" on flying insects (a behaviour known as phoresy) to travel and colonize new places.
Chernetidae
mgjefferies PRO 5 years ago
#5 The used skin of a Lycosid spider up close.

Head Up
Bárbol 5 years ago
#6 Parasitic mites Geckobia latastei, around de eyes of a common gecko Tarentola mauritanica.

Geckobia latastei
Budzlife 5 years ago
#7 _POR6023 copy
gailhampshire PRO 5 years ago
#8 Nephila maculata. Giant Wood Spider.
Giant Wood Spider - Nephila maculata.
Jörg Hempel PRO 5 years ago
#9 right below this giant spider (#8) one of the smaller arachnids from the woods: a female Velvet Mite (Trombidium holosericeum), nearly 2 mm in lentth.

Trombidium holosericeum
berniedup PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by berniedup (member) 5 years ago
#10 Common Bark Spider Caerostris sexcuspidata (posterior view)
Pilanesberg SOUTH AFRICA

Common Bark Spider Caerostris sexcuspidata Posterior View
balharsh PRO 5 years ago
# 11 Adding some venom to collection: Black Widow spider,(Genus-Latrodectus)
Black Widow Spider
brian.gratwicke Posted 5 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 5 years ago
#12 @Jorg I see your 2mm spider mite and raise you one
Giant Red Velvet Mite - Trombidium grandissimum
rosie.perera PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 5 years ago
#13 Harvestman ("Daddy long legs"), probably genus Leiobunum

Harvestman ("daddy long legs")
Sam Droege PRO 5 years ago
#14 An unknown Salticid, just processed today from the Dominican Republic. In honor of the season in North America I dub it the Christmas Lights Jumping Spider... until I can put a better name on it. Note that it was shot suspended in Hand Sanitizer in a Quartz Cuvette.

Cuvette spider, U, face_2012-12-12-14.30.23 ZS PMax
David Illig PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by David Illig (member) 5 years ago
#15 A rare close-up view of Neoscona crucifera's use of its spinnerets to entrap and hold prey. Please see www.primordial-light.com/arthropoda-5.html as well. Nighttime photo. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon Ringlite.

Neoscona crucifera Wrapping its Prey, August 20, 2011-2
Malcolm NQ 5 years ago
#16 A sub-adult Golden Orb-weaver, Nephila pilipes, trying to repair her web after a leaf fell onto it.
Golden orb-weaver 0831
Bas Kers (NL) PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 5 years ago
#17 Wasp spider

Argiope bruennichi (Wasp Spider / Wespspin)
muscogeegirl 5 years ago
#18 Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider
Stuart Longhorn PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 5 years ago
#19 Whip spider with horrible pupating parasites covering its abdomen.
Amblypygi (whip spider) of the genus Paraphynus, found during 2011 Arachnida surveys by staff and students of Operation Wallacea, in Parque Nacional Cusuco, Cortés, Honduras. It is thought the parasites are frit-flies, which first attacked the female's eggcase, before pupating into adult flies.

Amblypygi. With Parasites. P.N. Cusuco, Honduras. IMG_3672
JohnGiez- PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 5 years ago
#20 A big wolf spider spotted in the foothills just west of Boulder, Colorado.

wolf spider
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treegrow PRO 5 years ago
Wow, who knew you all had such great arachnid photos! Now it's time to pick your favorites!

Submissions are now closed and Voting is OPEN! You may only vote once, and the photo with the most votes is the winner. When the voting week has closed, an administrator will change the thread status from VOTE to CLOSED. See Voting Instructions
Bárbol 5 years ago
# 1
#14
yhjklñ 5 years ago
#10
muscogeegirl 5 years ago
#7
Jörg Hempel PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Jörg Hempel (member) 5 years ago
#19
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HermannFalkner/sokol 5 years ago
#14
mgjefferies PRO 5 years ago
#19
Sam Droege PRO 5 years ago
#2
David Bygott PRO 5 years ago
#10
rosie.perera PRO 5 years ago
#15
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Drew Avery PRO 5 years ago
This is possibly the best group of pictures yet- and I can’t decide!!
Lynette MT 5 years ago
#7
David Jimeno 5 years ago
#19
descaflow PRO 5 years ago
#10
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treegrow PRO 5 years ago
#19
Gentian2008 5 years ago
#10
JC7001 5 years ago
#14
David Illig PRO 5 years ago
#4 -- a real cutie-pie!
lotlhmoq 5 years ago
#19
Budzlife 5 years ago
#16
Sharpj99 5 years ago
#20
DaveHuth PRO 5 years ago
#2
JohnGiez- PRO 5 years ago
#2
balharsh PRO 5 years ago
#14
Boobook48 PRO 5 years ago
#1
NaturalMary63 5 years ago
#19.
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treegrow PRO 5 years ago
We had a wide spread of votes this week, but Stuart Longhorn's frustrated amblypygid mom snatched the win by 2 votes.

WINNER: Amblypygi. With Parasites. P.N. Cusuco, Honduras. IMG_3672 by Stuart Longhorn

Amblypygi. With Parasites. P.N. Cusuco, Honduras. IMG_3672
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