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Arachnids

I′m fascinated with the world in general but one of the things that has always fascinated me is the world of the Arachnid. Actually, I′m pretty much fascinated with anything in nature and will take a picture of just about anything. I′m an opportunistic photographer, but Arachnids, and spiders in particular, have always held my interest. Although the great majority of pictures on these pages are spiders, you may see the occasional scorpion or daddy-long-legs from time to time if I happen to run across one with camera in hand.

Archnid/Spider Galleries

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Arachnids

Arachnid – A class of arthropods distinguished by the following traits:

  • 1. They breath air
  • 2. They have a segmented body divided into two regions
  • 3. The front segment has four pairs of legs and no antennae

Arachnids include the following species;

  • Daddy-long-legs(also called granddaddy-long-legs or harvestmen)
  • Mites
  • Pseudo scorpions
  • Scorpions
  • Spiders
  • Ticks
  • Whip-scorpion
  • Wind-scorpions

Spiders

Spiders are the largest group of arachnids and it is estimated that there are over 35,000 species worldwide with over 3000 in the United States and Canada. There are so many in fact that all of them have not been identified yet.

Spiders are a very common predator and they live everywhere; in our homes, basements, attics, in the grass, under rocks, in trees, on flowers, on the ground, in the ground, underground in caves and on the water.

They usually have a segmented body with 4 pairs of 7 segmented legs on the front segment, called the cephalothorax. Unlike the other members of the Arachnid family, spiders have a very small waits between the cephalothorax and the abdomen. Most, but not all species of spiders have 8 eyes. They also have a pair of jaws that usually end in fangs which they use to inject their prey with venom. All spiders are voracious predators and feed mostly on insects, but some of the larger species also feed on small fish and mammals.

Most spiders are harmless, with only a few exceptions in the U.S.. They will leave you alone if you leave them alone. The venom from a spider bite is usually not life threatening to people, especially adults. But there are exceptions, the black widow is one that comes to mind. Other venomous spiders, although they can make you sick and even produce ugly sores where the bite is, the bite is seldom life threatening.

Some spiders are rather drab looking, but others are quite beautiful. Here is a list of the major subspecies of spiders, not all are represented in the galleries but many are:

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