Maldina and her spiderlings

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© Olivier Roland
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Female Amaurobius spider protecting her spiderlings. The mother keeps her less than 2 mm babies under her belly inside a chamber made of silk. At night, the babies disperse everywhere on the web. Eventually, the spiderlings will eat their mother before quitting the chamber.

15 responses

  • marseida shqarri

    marseida shqarri said (21 Oct 2012):

    woah! is this for real or a model type????

    if so, how were you able to get this extraordinary shot???? macro lens for sure, but the environmental setting? where was this found? how do you know so much about spiders?


    one question: how come car spiders (you know, the ones that always are seen crawling in and out of your car...) are always white ones?
    ok, two questions...hehe....can spiders really crawl in one's mouth as they sleep overnight and lay eggs in it or is that a myth???

    thank you!

  • Olivier Roland

    Olivier Roland said (21 Oct 2012):

    So many questions :)
    First, yes it is a true living spider "family", I used a smc Pentax 50mm lens reversed on extension tubes (I don't have a macro lens) with an external flash and homemade diffuser.

    The spider made her nest inside an old glass jar inside my house, I observed what happened nearly every day, waiting for the good moment to do a picture.

    I don't know for the car spider… but I know that spiders won't lay their precious eggs inside such a dangerous place as a human mouth, spiders are not parasites, they eat them. :)

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (21 Oct 2012):

    Fabulous focus! Beautiful detail,and color. Great art! Now you really have my attention! how do you turn your lens around with extension tubes?( I don't have a macro lens myself).

  • Wendie Fischer

    Wendie Fischer gave props (21 Oct 2012):

    Nice, pretty

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (22 Oct 2012):

    Brilliant image...

  • Olivier Roland

    Olivier Roland said (23 Oct 2012):

    @ Katherine Nak: I use a "reverse ring" to reverse the lens.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (23 Oct 2012):

    A masterful capture

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (23 Oct 2012):

    great detail wonderful photography

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (23 Oct 2012):


  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (27 Oct 2012):

    Amazing pix. I love the Golden Orb weavers. Very nice guests and very hard workers.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (8 Nov 2012):

    Absolutely amazing! Great work Olivier!

  • Mohana Priya

    Mohana Priya (Deleted) gave props (30 Nov 2012):

    really amazing.....!!!!!

  • Skorupka Carlos N.

    Skorupka Carlos N. gave props (17 Dec 2012):

    Spectacular capture.

  • marseida shqarri

    marseida shqarri said (19 Dec 2012):

    thank you for the answers... and great job with the lighting and getting the macro right ;P!
    I love the consistently similar shots in the family of spiders....fascinating world you have crawled into =)

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (20 Dec 2012):

    great photo

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