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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
Alex Hyde / European cave spider (Meta menardi) pendulous egg sac containing its brood of young, hanging in cave, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. November.
Alex Hyde / Female Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) carrying egg sac, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, UK. June.
Alex Hyde / Male Jumping spider (Euophrys frontalis) close up, Derbyshire, UK. May. Focus stacked image.
Gil Wizen / Female Wandering spider (Phoneutria fera) guarding her swarm of offspring under a bed in a research station, Jatun Sacha Biological Station, Napo province, Amazon basin, Ecuador. Winner of Urban Wildl...
Gil Wizen / Female Fishing spider (Dolomedes scriptus) stretching strands of silk from her spinnerets for weaving into her egg sac, Ontario, Canada. September. Winner of Invertebrates Category in the Wildlife Ph...
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.