June 11, 2010 – That’s Not Pollen

Tiny Red Spiders

Tiny Red Spiders

Friday, June 11, 2010


When I decided that it would be worth my while to crouch on my knees all the way down there on the ground to take this picture, I thought I was looking at a tiny white flower with little bits of red pollen on it. It wasn’t until I actually looked through the lens that I realized that the little red bits of pollen were MOVING. That was pretty creepy. Then, it wasn’t until even later than that, when I was looking at the images on the big screen back at home, that I realized that those aren’t little red insects, they’re actually little red SPIDERS. I mean, wow, that’s straight up freaky right there.

Just thought I’d share…

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens with Opteka macro extension tubes. 1/160s, f/18.0, ISO 100.

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  1. avatar
    Scott June 11, 2010

    They look like red spider mites although possibly could be a whirlgig mites. Hard to tell from the photo. Both still in the class of arachnids but not spiders.

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      Dave June 11, 2010

      Clearly your knowledge of entomology is vastly superior to mine.. I was proud of myself for just counting the legs and knowing it wasn’t an “insect”. :)

      • avatar
        Scott June 12, 2010

        Lot’s of crawling around looking for creepy crawlies in my photography career.

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    Mark Vice June 12, 2010

    I love it!

  3. avatar
    Tamea Burd June 13, 2010

    You did a really great job of capturing the beautifully creepy in this shot!

  4. avatar
    Madeline Mundt June 16, 2010

    Just found your blog and I LOVE this photo! I’m enjoying all the NW ones too.

  5. avatar
    Dave June 17, 2010

    Thanks guys!! I definitely appreciate the kind words.

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    Sophie Crew June 18, 2010

    Wow, those little things are creepy but amazing – what a wonderful capture!

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    heather June 19, 2010

    new fav

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    tara June 10, 2011

    Scary spiders at that. Bloody red and heck, I never thought there’s such spiders that color, yuck..

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    Jaime Cogburn April 16, 2012

    That’s freaky alright… but they’re pretty much harmless. These red spider mites have no venom and only eats plants. They thrive in hot and dry environments and reproduce quickly, that’s why you probably saw a handful of them on this flower. It’s amazing you were able to capture them on a background of white. Great contrast!
    Just be careful the next time you crouch on the ground to take a photo, you might just disturb an army of fire ants and that’s not going to be pretty!

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    Patrick May 8, 2012

    I can’t believe anything alive is that small and really does look like pollen!

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