Photograph by Andreas Feininger

There are many ways to be a spider. Cyclocosmia truncata, also called a trapdoor spider, uses its distinctive backside to block the entrance to its burrow when threatened, for example. Likewise, there are many ways to be a Richmond Spider. This special issue celebrates the 125th anniversary of our Spider identity and today’s remarkable Spider community.

This image by former Life magazine staff photographer Andreas Feininger is part of the University of Richmond Museums collections, which contains approximately 100,000 prints, paintings, sculptures, gemstones, and other art and natural artifacts.

Photograph by Andreas Feininger; Cyclocosmia truncata (Trapdoor Spider), Detail, 1951