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.

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24 responses

  1. I see you X8 😉

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    January 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

  2. Great Post

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    January 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

  3. Superb images! I am impressed with how sharp and crisp all the tiny details are.

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    January 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

  4. Love the eyes!

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    January 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

  5. Fun. I look forward to spring and some bug hunting.

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    January 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  6. What starry eyes – would obviously warn off any danger

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    January 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  7. Love it Victor…I’m going out to find a spider to photograph this weekend!

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    January 15, 2016 at 5:42 pm

  8. These are my favorite spiders. The second photo has what? tusks? Great detailed shots of these little charmers.

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    January 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

  9. Wow on the detail. As much as you said they are harmless, I’m still apprehensive. May have something to do with not being fond of spiders.

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    January 15, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    • I was not fond of them either. But after a few encounters with the them and the camera I got over it. Still hate it when we get one the house.

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      January 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm

  10. What camera / lens do you use?

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    January 16, 2016 at 12:40 am

    • Nikon 300 2.8. Looking at the new 200-500 cheaper,lighter,longer.

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      January 16, 2016 at 6:03 am

  11. Salticidae 🙂

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    January 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

  12. What a beauty !!!!!!!!!!

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    January 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm

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