Spider Breeding : A man found one of the world’s most dangerous spiders breeding under his bed. The spider was as big as his hand.
The man, who is a photographer named Gil Wizen, discovered little spiders in his bedroom and decided to investigate.
When he looked under his bed, he was surprised to see a large Brazilian wandering spider and its babies. This incident happened while he was living in a reserve in Napo, Ecuador.
For his photograph of the spider, Wizen earned the Urban Wildlife prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Gil Wizen discovered a spider in the Amazon forest in Ecuador protecting a thousand baby spiders that hatched from an egg sac under his bed.
Interestingly, Wizen won a photography award for urban wildlife with a picture of the spider titled ‘The Spider Room.’
“There were thousands of baby spiders under the bed, and next to them was one of the biggest ‘non-tarantula’ spiders I have ever seen. Its body was 45mm long, but with its legs spread, it could easily cover my hand,” Wizen wrote on his blog.
The Brazilian wandering spider is also known as the armed spider or banana spider. Their bite can be deadly to humans, especially young ones, although antivenom makes death unlikely.
Meanwhile, photographer Laurent Ballesta’s underwater snap, which captured the moment camouflage groupers hurried to release their sperm into a white cloud of eggs dropped by a female fish, has won the top award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021.
Laurent Ballesta’s image shows a trio of camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm (Image: Laurent Ballesta)
Vidyin R Hebbar, a 10-year-old Indian photographer, was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his shot titled ‘Dome Home’ of a tent spider in its web.