If you’re an arachnaphobe, you may want to avert your eyes.
I am not a fan of spiders, but I am a fan of wildlife, and the more time I spend in nature with my camera, the more open I become to finding the beauty in what initially makes me want to flee in the opposite direction. Many things I have seen are equal parts fascinating and horrifying – a crow with another bird’s decapitated head in its beak, for example – but as a photographer, I have to try to capture it (the only exception being animal suffering of any kind – I just can’t hack it).
I have noticed baby spiders around my work (outside, thankfully), but never seen tight clusters of them before. There is a reason for everything that occurs in nature, and my best guess is that by clumping together like that, they were trying to appear like three large, scary things rather than a billion tiny, vulnerable things.
I am definitely entering one of these two in a nature photography contest!
However, when threatened, it’s like they all release at the same moment and scatter throughout their nest. It’s hard to describe. It’s almost like an unfurling. Again, my best guess is that it’s to keep a predator from being able to gulp down half of them with ease.