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.
I’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.
She 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!