Tony Boxer, from California, looks over stacks of containers with spiders and other arachnids at the American Tarantula Society's annual convention held at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador last weekend. The convention draws the attention of spider enthusiasts from across the world.
A 1-year-old tarantula sits on a finger as a mature Mexican red knee tarantula lurks in the background.
Anette Pillau, from the Los Angeles area, and Alex Zuniga, from Tucson, help to corral roaches participating in a cockroach race during the American Tarantula Society's annual convention. The owner of the winning cockroach received a voucher for merchandise for sale at the convention, along with a medal, trophy and a used copy of the DVD, "Joe's Apartment."