An entomologist and photographer hopes to inspire love of his favorite subjects
WITH HER GREEN HEADLIGHT EYES (one of four sets) and iridescent pink mouthparts (attached to robust fangs), this female regal jumping spider makes a glamorous addition to Thomas Shahan’s growing portfolio of spider portraits.
An entomologist and imaging specialist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Shahan became enamored with spiders as a kid in his Oklahoma backyard. Today, his infinitely detailed macro portraits reveal spiders as works of art that he hopes will inspire love (or at least respect) for his favorite creatures.
;People fear and demonize spiders,” says Shahan. “But they are beautiful, beneficial animals—the unsung heroes of ecosystems.” By showing the beauty of specimens such as this Phidippus regius—one of the largest of some 5,000 species of jumping spider—Shahan hopes to give all spiders a reputation makeover, “turning repulsion to reverence.”
To submit images for consideration, write to email@example.com with subject line “Nature’s Witness.”
More from National Wildlife magazine and NWF:
Parker is a shining role model for all she has accomplished and her ongoing positivity, energy, and belief in changing the world for the better.Read the Story
Hear from champions for greater and safer access to the outdoors as they discuss the potential solutions to address the intersectional issues faced by Black communities.Listen Now
By taking the Mayors' Monarch Pledge, your local leaders can commit to uniting your community around saving the imperiled monarch. Send a message today urging your mayor or head of local or Tribal government to pledge before April 30!Act Now
Get quotes now or call (855) 786-0941Get Quotes Now
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.