I’ve been hoping to find another new spider to present today, but the only ones I’ve seen since last Webnesday have been a couple of very shy and very quick ones in very dark places in the basement. However, while browsing through a folder of potential posting material that I started about a year and a half ago, an old friend came back to light. I spotted this tan (or familiar) jumping spider (Platycryptus undatus) on the shaggy bark of the huge maple tree behind our house back in July 2012, and not only was she content to wait for me to get my tripod and set it up, but her patience with my proximity also lasted long enough for me to get seven decent shots, of which this is my favorite.
She was really quite small—though relatively large as jumping spiders go: Her leg span was about 2 cm, or ¾ of an inch. Please click on the photo for a higher-resolution image.
Wow, so many textures in this photo Gary. I love it, although I don’t care for the fact that he’s a jumping spider. I would prefer ones that can only crawl :).
Rest easy, Cindy. They don’t jump very far; most can jump only several times their own body length, though some can exceed that. But reports of jumping spiders biting people are so rare as to be practically nonexistent.
She’s fabulous! I love her! What an impressive capture.
I do So agree! This is, I think, the most frequent jumper I see around the house and though others may be more gaudy and impressive upon first scrutiny, she’ll do very well for a harmless capture, in my book!
That is one fantastic photo, Gary. Great detail and the light is great. Is that with the ring light? I only ask as I haven’t had a chance to use mine outdoors yet and can’t wait for some cooler weather to walk in the Gardens.
This was a year and a half ago. You’re waiting for cooler weather and I’m waiting for warmer weather. What’s wrong with this picture?–Nothing! Patience, my dear…
Fabulous shot! She is beautiful – such a pretty blue colour!
I’m so glad you think so, too! And you’re right about the slight bluish tint–there was a bright blue sky and she was in the shade. She actually was more tan than blue, and I considered warming the color a bit, but now I’m happy that I didn’t. Thanks a lot, M!
Nicht so süß wie die Mieze…aber hat schon was :D Liebe Grüße
Ganz braves Mädchen—Du machst schon einen großen Fortschritt!