Delicately woven between between the tips of a rapidly-growing vine shoot and the chestnut pole upright of a pergola in my garden in Tuscany, this crop of newly-hatched crop of tiny spiders were flexing their legs and navigating their way around the threads of their home. When I came across the nest, there were around 3-400 of these little fellows – each about 2-3mm long. The weather was deteriorating and there seemed to be a group decision to move to another part of the nest that was higher up the pole. See Arachno-nursery 2. Below are other shots of this group hanging out on their gossamer threads.
The challenge with this shot was that the spiders were very small and the group about 3cm deep. Added to that, the numerous threads gave a translucency to the subject that affected the definition of many of the spiders. Not only that, the lighting levels were lousy, which is why I resorted to flash for Arachno-nursery 2.

Canon EOS 40D with Canon f2.8L 28-70mm lens at 48mm with Canon 25mm extension tube; ISO800 f5.6 1/160

Whole frame shot that is best viewed large – unless you don’t like spiders!

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • Dorothea Baker
    Dorothea Bakerover 4 years ago

    incredible photo!

  • Many thanks, Fleur:))

    – David Clarke

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Wow ! awesome shot David

  • Thanks very much, Trudi:))

    – David Clarke

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    What a great shot of these little leggers. The ones in focus in the center look as if they’re skiing down the webs; wonder if they have to use eight skis. Hmm. Love the range of background coloration in the various images. Great work! Great wee (oxymoron?) spideys. ~ Sheila

  • Thanks for your great comments, Sheila! These guys don’t need skis, they are very nimble when both ascending and descending the thread – skiing uphill, now there’s a thought! I’d like to think they were just having fun but I think the truth is my presence caused a mass exodus – something to do with having a lens shoved into their nest! Fortunately they didn’t end up climbing all over the camera and at least their new home was better protected – and out of my reach!

    – David Clarke

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 4 years ago

    Stunning work David!!

  • Many thanks, Sharon:))

    – David Clarke

  • shararat
    shararatover 4 years ago

    AMAZING shot… d colors and straight LINES…….excellent shot

  • Thanks, so much, Shararat! And thanks too for the fav!

    – David Clarke

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Excellent work David

  • Many thanks, Don. And thanks too for the fav!

    – David Clarke

  • nysjoyce10
    nysjoyce10over 4 years ago

    Wow! This is great! I’ve never seen anything like this before.

  • Thanks very much, Joyce! It was new to me too, which is why I dropped what I was doing and ran for the camera!

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Love the colours of these minute spiders …
    it’s very tricky to get a whole “arachno-nursery” in focus!

  • I love the colours too. I was surprised to find they are just a common spider that is rather duller as an adult. Thanks very much for the fav, Trish:))

    – David Clarke

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 2 years ago

    Totally amazing!

  • Many thanks, Joni:))

    – David Clarke

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 2 years ago

    October 15,2012

  • Many thanks, Ann. Sorry for the delay in replying; I’ve only just spotted the comment!

    – David Clarke

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