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Damarchus workmani infested with mites by melvynyeo Damarchus workmani infested with mites by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore forest.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapdoor…
The trapdoor is difficult to see when it is closed because the plant and soil materials effectively camouflage it. The trapdoor is hinged on one side with silk. The spiders, which are usually nocturnal, typically wait for prey while holding on to the underside of the door with the claws on their tarsi. Prey is captured when insects, other arthropods, or small vertebrates disturb the 'trip' lines the spider lays out around its trapdoor, alerting the spider to a meal within reach. The spider detects the prey by vibrations and, when it comes close enough, leaps out of its burrow to make the capture.
male Latouchia parameleomene from Okinawa

A hungry individual will wait halfway outside of its burrow for a meal. Male trapdoor spiders can overcome the female's aggressive reactions to their approach, but it is not known how. Females never travel far from their burrows, especially if they have an egg sac. During this time, the female will capture food and regurgitate it to feed her spiderlings. Enemies of the trapdoor spider include certain pompilids (spider wasps), which seek out the burrows and manage to gain entrance. They sting the owner and lay their eggs (usually one per spider) on its body. When the egg hatches, the larva devours the spider alive.

Unlike other mygalomorph spiders, the Ctenizidae have a rastellum on the chelicera. Resembling "teeth" or "barbs" on each fang, this modification is used to dig and gather soil while constructing a burrow.[2] They use their pedipalps and first legs to hold the trapdoor closed when disturbed.[3]

There are about 120 species of trapdoor spiders.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Poor guy...
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ILoveDecepticons Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
aw geez... I hate spiders, but I do feel really bad for this one.
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takezo3001 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Mites are dicks...Wanna-be spiders...
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor spider. They're just hanging out in his eyes. I wonder if anything else comes along to eat them. That'd be nice.
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Dragonchick656 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student General Artist
... poor baby I'd kill all those mite stupid mites :(
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MarvinDiehl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015   Photographer
very good photo! =)
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Kroeghe Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
So they vomit partially digested food for their young? Very interesting! I didn't know spiders do that! At least some spiders, I guess. I remember reading about a species where the female would die around the time the little ones hatched and she would become their food supply for their first days. Certainly a less appealing form of maternal care (for my anthropocentric brain, at least), but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Also, the spider in the picture is like "Halp!". Poor babbu.
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ZuzBla Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the Eresidae spiders. Though, the mother does not die before her spiderlings hatch. She's pretty much alive and well when the hatchlings start sucking up the hemolymph through the soft parts of her legs gradually draining her dry :devilish:
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Kroeghe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Neato. Being a spider-mom ain't easy.
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kurocleoO777 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*_* these mites are everywhere
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Sounder1995 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Taken @ night?! Where's all the light coming from?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
It's pretty easy since the area to light up is small. I only use a small flash mounted on my camera and a diy diffuser.
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AgoodSteveMan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
What camera/lens do you use?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
Canon 5D2 + 100mmL
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015

So, naturalists observe, a flea

Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;

And these have smaller still to bite 'em,

And so proceed ad infinitum.

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PapierowySzczur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
I had that poem in my biology textbook at school! Could you remind me who wrote this?
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
The version I quoted, which appears to be the earliest, is from Jonathan Swift.
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PapierowySzczur Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
Thank you.
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Incyray Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student General Artist
poor spider
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NdrN Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Great photo!
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PencilWSketch Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Good job!
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rupted Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I honestly cannot express how much I love your photos. <3
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Tivern Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
At first, i thought those little mites were it's babies..........
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