Webnesday (21)

It’s that time again, and I have two new spider sightings to report, both of them from my month in New Zealand. I’ll bring you the newer one first and save the earlier one for a future post. I was in Squiddy’s garden spending some quality time with some monarch caterpillars (more about that in another post yet to come), when I caught a slight movement on the outer wall of a small adjacent shed.

Euphorys sp. 7316I’d been working with a tripod for the caterpillars, but it wouldn’t reach up to where the tiny jumping spider was without seriously disturbing the plants they were on, so I had to shoot free-hand, with what extra stability I could gain by holding the camera one-handed and resting its lens on the back of my other hand.

Euphorys sp. 7327She has a very nice book of New Zealand spiders and with a little research I was able to identify her as a Euphorys species. She was quite small, with a leg span of around one cm or maybe a little less, and she appeared not to be bothered by my proximity—in fact, she seemed to be studying me as well. Love it when this happens!

Euphorys sp. 7303[Don’t forget to click on an individual image for a larger view with greater resolution.)

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18 Responses to Webnesday (21)

    • krikitarts says:

      A lot of research has been done on jumping spiders, and they are considered by many experts to have the best vision in the arthropod world. It’s not hard to see why!

  1. lauramacky says:

    Eek!!! I can’t wait for the caterpillars lol.

    • krikitarts says:

      Eek? Do you have a phobia thing about caterpillars and are you shuddering in anxious anticipation? If so, I shall endeavor to bring you something soothing. Surely you’re not eeking about this little salticid–you’d only have to entertain any worries at all if you were the size of a fruit fly. Do you have Small dreams?

  2. Vicki says:

    Wow! Gary, what stunning shots. Gotta love those eyes. It really does look like she’s staring straight at you. Very nice DOF and exposure too. I’m envious of your ability to spot these insects and photograph them.

    NOTE TO SELF. Vicki, you’ve REALLY got to use that tripod more often and make more effort to use that macro lens (says she to herself for the umpteenth time).

    • krikitarts says:

      Notes to Vicki: (1) Thanks for the high praise! Yes, the eyes are truly unique in the arthropod world, the only rivals in the animal kingdom, I believe, being those of deep-sea fish and giant (and colossal) squid. (2) In the third photo, she was actually staring right at me–or, at least, at her reflection in the front element of my lens. (3) Spiders aren’t insects, but, of course, you knew that. (4) I didn’t use my tripod for these, though I’d have loved to, if circumstances had allowed me to. I have a GorillaPod, which might have been of some use, but for work this close, when the subject may move at any time, I find it’s better to use the burst function, make lots of hopeful images, and pick the few sharp ones after the session. (5) Yes, use that macro lens!!!

      • Vicki says:

        Never thought of using the ‘burst’ or ‘continuous’ function for macros. You’ve inspired me, Gary.

      • krikitarts says:

        It’s the only way to get a few good shots when your subject is small and likely to move at any time and there’s no time or space for serious tripod or remote-release work. Make a hundred images or so and have fun picking out the few that make the grade and deleting the rest.

      • Vicki says:

        I had to smile at your last sentence. I’ve been trying to stop taking hundreds of images :D
        It was taking too long in the evening to review them. I’m trying to take less than 200 photos on a walk now. Perhaps 8-20 of the same flower (or scene), but I have been known to take 50 images (on ‘sports’ mode) trying to get a moving bird in focus. I’m resigned to the fact that I’m too slow to really make a good image of something moving now. I try to just concentrated on motionless subjects. (On the other hand, I’ve renewed my zoo membership for 2015, so when the weather is better, I hope to get back to the enormous Aviary for bird photography – that’s always a challenge which I love). I’ll try the ‘burst’ mode for the Butterfly House next time I go. Great idea.

  3. Mike Powell says:

    Love your fuzzy photogenic friend, Gary. I can’t get enough of jumping spiders, which amaze me every single time I see them. Yes, the eyes have it.

    • krikitarts says:

      I consider each encounter with a new jumper to be a gift, and I savor them. I’d have to say they are likely my very favorite subjects, though yours–dragonflies–are very close behind. And yes, to belatedly answer your question, there are, of course, dragonflies in New Zealand, but I’ve had very few opportunities to photograph them lately, as I wasn’t able to do any river fishing on this trip, due to knee issues. Maybe next time!

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Once again, staggering images, Gary >>> especially the last one, when its seen at full size. Adrian

    • krikitarts says:

      Wow–staggering?! That’s a new high compliment that I’ve not seen before–on the other hand, you may have envisioned me hobbling around with my knee issues. I’m sure, in any case, that you will be extra-delighted to know that I rotated it 90 degrees for the post. You have no idea how much your friendship and feedback have influenced my imagination, and I thank you.

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        Gary, my friend, do you really mean that last sentence of your’s? I’ve influenced your imagination? That makes me feel downright good – that’s very motivating >>> thank you!!! A

  5. Outstanding shots! Those eye…They are looking right at me!

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