Jumping Spider (Salcidae – Two Photographs)
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Jumping spiders are known for their ”curiosity” characterized by standing their ground, an intense look and sometimes moving closer to the observer. This summer I learned that their attack/stressed stance is to rise up on their front legs. That is not the case in these photos. In the two minutes in which I took my shots, I changed my position to get more of the back of the spider. From that angle you can see it is more relaxed (even if stressed these spiders are not aggressive – I get them on my clothes all the time and we have had a few in the house, they are harmless.) The fact that I was using flash (see the catch lights in its eyes) did not disturb it, it moved on slightly to bring its body around towards me. After I stopped shooting the spider moved to another position looking out over the same leaf. Most of the jumping spiders I saw this year were less cooperative and exhibited their skill at speedy retreat. Once in a while you get lucky and get close enough for good detail.