It’s been quite a while since I brought you a fresh Webnesday post. I did have a couple of quite-satisfactory chance meetings with some of our arachnid neighbors up in Minnesota during the past couple of months, and I’ll present reports of those in the near future. But another new opportunity arose earlier this week. As I was going out into the front yard toward evening, the unmistakable silhouette of a rather large jumping spider on the glass storm door arrested my attention. Upon closer examination, and to my surprise, I found that it was resting on the inside of the glass. Eager for a closer look under more natural conditions, I carefully eased it into an inverted wine glass, closed the opening with a piece of cardboard, and let it rest in the kitchen until the next morning.
Since I only have one useful arm for the time being, I took the time to put the camera on a tripod, set up a small vase with a single daisy on a table in the back yard, focused on the flower, got my remote release ready, and gently coaxed the spider out onto the flower. For my careful preparations, it rewarded me by staying on the daisy for several minutes before making an impressive leap of about 18 inches down to the table surface, where it quickly moved out of sight to its under-side.