By Malayanil @themalayanil

A MONSTROUS-looking spider devours its prey in these incredible close-up shots

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Monstrous: A male Phidippus mystaceus spider catches a fly

With thick hairy legs wrapped around its victim and eyes bulging, the images shed a new light on the eight-legged creatures who inhabit our homes. 

Up close and personal: A female Phidippus mystaceus spider devours its prey

Photographer Sam Donato captured different species of spiders at his house in Nashville, USA.

'I don't know why I swallowed a fly': A female Phidippus mystaceus spider catches a housefly

Sam spent hours waiting for the arachnids to reveal their natural behaviour, using extension tubes and reverse mounted prime lenses with his camera to track the tiny beasts' lives.

Tasty treat: Sam used extension tubes and reverse mounted prime lenses with his camera

He said: “The main problem with macro photography is that the subject must stay very still.

“An unoccupied spider, even if they are happy with their surroundings will move to clean themselves or sense their surroundings.

What a moth-ful: A female Phidippus mystaceus spider tears down a moth

“As it began, I was scared and they were scared. I was impatient and they were impatient and as in any relationship, we had to learn to compromise and get along.

Crunching a cricket: Sam spent hours waiting for the arachnids to reveal their natural behaviour

“What I found was that spiders are wonderful and curious creatures. If you make them comfortable and not threatened, they are delighted to sit and watch the lens.

Colourful: The magnified images show the multi-coloured tones of the miniature beasts

“Spiders like to practice their amazing jumping ability, walk around on your hands and even let you pet them.

Caught in a trap: A Metacyrba taeniola spider wraps its hairy legs around its victim

“These pictures are amazingly beautiful and they make me realise how wonderful these spiders are. The more I click them, the more I feel close to them.”