If you were to ask people to name their biggest fears and phobias, there's a good chance that spiders would be pretty high up on the list.
Sure, they seem pretty creepy with their 8 legs that allow them to defy gravity while they walk on walls and ceilings, their compound eyes that allow them to see you (as well as all of your fears), some of them are extremely venomous to humans, and the fact that they liquefy and then slurp up their prey like a milkshake, but beyond that, it's hard to see what all the fuss is about.
The truth is, the traits that make spiders seem like nightmare fuel are just incredible evolutionary adaptations that have allowed them to thrive on the planet for the last 380 million years. Many people might try to get as far away from spiders as possible, but in order to truly appreciate how great these little guys are, we need to take a closer look.
Thankfully, some photographers have been sharing their macro shots of spiders on Instagram, allowing even the most ardent arachnophobe the opportunity to take a close look from a distance.
Here are 9 images of spiders that are just too darn cute to hate: