Michael D. Kern / Kaleidoscope pattern formed from picture of Greenbottle blue tarantula (Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens) - see original image number 01482830 EMBARGOED FOR NAT GEO UNTIL the end of 2015
Neil Challis / Giant golden orb weaver spider (Nephila pilipes) focus pull from a small male to much larger female in the background, Western Thailand.
Alex Hyde / Common Orb Weaver (Metellina sp.) male. With the camera at a very precise angle to the sun, the silk of the web refracted the light into a rainbow of coloured bands.
Etienne Littlefair / Green ant mimic spider (Myrmarachne smaragdina), adult female hunting, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, March.
Etienne Littlefair / Net-casting spider (Deinopis sp.), seen at night, awaiting passing prey items, the web net is thrown over prey to aid in capture. Wonga beach, north Queensland, Australia, February.
Andres M. Dominguez / Crab spider (Thomisus onustus) on white flowerhead, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, southern Spain, May.
Ripan Biswas / Portrait of an ant-mimicking crab spider. (Amyciaea sp) raising its legs to warn the photographer. Buxa tiger reserve, India.
Michael Hutchinson / Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) yellow female on Honesty flower, Bristol, UK, April
Alex Hyde / Red velvet mite (Trombidium holosericeum) running across soil where it hunts smaller invertebrates. Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. April.
Michael Hutchinson / Flower crab spider (Misumena vatia) yellow female on Honesty flowers with house and garden visible, Bristol, UK, April
Michael Hutchinson / Female Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) on Annual honesty (Lunaria annua) flower, trying to catch a hoverfly, Bristol, England, UK, April.
Michael Hutchinson / Wide angle shot of a female Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) on Annual honesty (Lunaria annua) flower, with flies flying nearby, Bristol, England, UK, April.
Michael Hutchinson / Close-up of a female Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) on Annual honesty (Lunaria annua) flower, feeding on hoverfly prey, Bristol, England, UK, April.
Michael Hutchinson / Close-up of a female Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) catching a hoverfly, on Annual honesty (Lunaria annua), Bristol, England, UK, April.
Andy Sands / Crab spider (Misumena vatia) sitting on a garden flower, Hertfordshire, England, UK, April - Focus Stacked
Morley Read / Slow motion clip of a Spiny orb-weaver (Micrathena sp.) weaving a silk nest to protect its eggs, the nest is suspended from a thread to isolate it from predators, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador. Filmed at...
Nick Upton / Juvenile Goldenrod spider (Misumena vatia) camouflaged on a Common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowerhead, reacting to and catching a fly (Muscidae), Wiltshire, England, UK, June.
Phil Savoie / Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) bringing Crab spider (Misumena vatia) prey to nest, Monmouthshire Wales, UK, May.
Emanuele Biggi / Peruvian Tarantula (Pamphobeteus sp.) and Humming Frog (Chiasmocleis royi) together, Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Amazonia, Peru. These species have a commensal relationship. The tara...
Nick Upton / Female House spider (Tegenaria sp.) at the mouth of her tubular silk retreat in an old stone wall, Somerset, UK, September.
Nick Upton / Running foliage spider / Spiny-legged sac spider (Liocranum rupicola), a nationally scarce species in the UK, hunting at night in an old stone wall, Wiltshire, UK, September.
Nick Upton / Common lace weaver / Lace-webbed spider (Amaurobius similis) male in its web in an old stone wall at night, Wiltshire, UK, September.
Emanuele Biggi / Peruvian Tarantula (Pamphobeteus sp.) adult, walking over Humming Frog (Chiasmocleis royi) without preying on it. Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Amazonia, Peru. These species have a com...
Konrad Wothe / Timelapse of a female Garden spider (Araneus diadematus) spinning web, Bavaria, Germany, September.
Konrad Wothe / Marbled orb weaver spider (Araneus marmoreus) spinning web, Bavaria, Germany, 2016
Michael Hutchinson / Money spider (Tenuiphantes sp) tiptoeing behaviour on daisy. Spiders can stand on tiptoes and produced silk to 'balloon' and travel with the airflow. In this image the silk dragline and feinte...
Brian Bevan / Wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi) weaving egg sac, Bedfordshire, England, UK, Agust.
Theo Bosboom / Long jawed orb weaver spider (Tetragnatha extensa) catching Emerald damselfly (Lestes sponsa) as it emerges from its nymph exoskeleton, Hondenven, Tubbergen, the Netherlands, July.
Theo Bosboom / Water mite larvae (Arrenurus) parasitizing Common blue damselfly (Ennalagma cyathigerum), Hondeven, the Netherlands, July.
Emanuele Biggi / Great Fen / Raft spider (Dolomedes plantarius), adult female eating an invasive species of fish, Western mosquitofish, (Gambusia affinis), Alessandria, Italy, August.
David Perpinan / Slow motion clip of a Wasp spider (Argiope bruennichi) wrapping a grasshopper in silk, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, Spain, August.
Philippe Clement / House spider (Tegenaria duelica) trapped in a washbasin in bathroom, Belgium, September.
James Dunbar / Male Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) wrapping up prey, UK. Captive.
James Dunbar / Close-up of a pair of Nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) mating, UK. Captive.
Bernard Castelein / Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) on Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Klein Schietveld, Brasschaat, Belgium August
Alex Hyde / Jumping spider (Salticidae) hunting among vegetation, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Alex Hyde / Fishing spider (Trechalea) waiting to catch a Killifish (Cyprinodontiformes) in a rainforest stream at night, Central Caribbean foothills, Costa Rica.
Andy Sands / Jumping spider (Evarcha arcuata) on edge of evening primrose flower, Surrey, England, UK, August
Pal Hermansen / Garden cross spider (Araneus diadematus) on web, Norway.
Andres M. Dominguez / Dew on spiderweb with Common poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in the background, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, El Bosque, southern Spain, April.
Alex Hyde / Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.) Triglav National Park, Julian Alps, Slovenia, July.
Claudio Contreras / Humpback orb-weaver Spider (Eustala sp.) on dew covered web, Laredo Borderlands, Texas, USA. April
James Dunbar / Male Garden spider (Araneus) attaching silk to prey, England, UK, September.
Alex Hyde / Sheetweb weaving spider (Linyphiidae) in web at sunset. The silk is refracting the light into a rainbow of coloured bands. Slovenia, July.
Alex Hyde / Raft Spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) female on heathland pool. Note wing of predated damselfly floating on water's surface under the spider. Dorset, UK. August.
Juergen Freund / Paralytic tick (Ixodes holocyclus) with engorged body on human hand, this species affects many species, Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) among them and infects them with a toxin that ca...