Cloak of Silk
Draped like a curtain in a haunted house, the expansive silken web covered a large broom bush. Dusted with yellow pollen from overhanging cork oaks, it was crawling with the tiny forms that created it – red spider mites. ‘I had never seen so many in one place – possibly millions,’ says Andrés.
Only just visible to the naked eye, red spider mites are plantsucking arachnids, related to spiders. They earn their ‘spider’ name from their ability to spin webs, which help to protect them against predators and poor environmental conditions.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f16; ISO 1250; Tripod
Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Spain
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Andrés Miguel Domínguez, Spain
Andrés has always been interested in animal life and especially ornithology. His work has been published in many international magazines and books, and he has won several awards in European photography contests. He currently combines his profession as a teacher with nature photography.