Spiders of Toronto: #2017bestnine

So there’s a thing going around Instagram where you post a collage of your top nine photos from 2017, ranked by likes. Here’s mine:

As determined by 2017bestnine.

Maybe not surprisingly, there wasn’t much overlap with what I considered my best photos! I couldn’t quite narrow them down to nine, but here they are, in chronological order.

In addition, I added several spiders to my “life list” (actually a Google Docs spreadsheet), including the parson spider (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus); the ghost spider (Wulfila); the trashline orbweaver (Cyclosa); and the bronze jumping spider (Eris).

Hopefully this gives you some idea of the diversity of Toronto’s spiders! I didn’t have to go far to find these spiders; they are nearly all within walking distance of condo towers and busy streets, thriving right alongside us. Isn’t that amazing?

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