Eight legs - Arachnids

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Submit your best picture of an arachnid with 8 legs. Crabs, Octopus's and other eight legged animals not allowed. Anything in the Arachnid family is ok - Spiders, Scorpions tick's etc. Please give any information you have on what the arachnid is, where it was taken and any interesting stories about getting the photograph.
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A spider I found in the lab, where it had unfortunately died in an empty beaker. A perfect opportunity to get some close-ups of an otherwise fast-moving subject! I don't know the exact species, but it is one that is very commonly found in and around houses in Western Europe.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 26th May, 2009 09:46 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 23rd January, 2008
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/5 sec
Aperture: F14
ISO: 200
Notes: The extreme macro was achieved by reversing an old manual 55mm (f/1.4) lens in front of the cheapo Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.
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