Webnesday (43)

It’s been just over a month since my last spidery post, and I’m very happy to be able to report that my wish to have another chance at a photo session with a new black-headed jumping spider, Trite planiceps, has been granted. It happened a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been meaning to feature it in a post, but I’ve been that busy. Anyway, even though it’s now Thursday here, it’s still Wednesday back in Omaha, so I feel justified in posting today. This lovely little lady beckoned to me from a cupboard door as I passed through Batty’s kitchen and I was happy to help her to get back into the outside world with the help of a small glass and a piece of thin cardboard. I released her onto one of the Ahlstromeria blossoms in a bouquet that I’d carried out onto the deck, and she seemed quite content to explore it and its companions for the better part of an hour before other responsibilities called to me and I had to go back inside. When I found her still in the bouquet the next morning, I eased her out into the wilds of the adjacent garden, where she’d be more likely to find satisfactory hunting and adventure. And I hope and trust that she’s found them.

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19 Responses to Webnesday (43)

  1. shoreacres says:

    There’s nothing trite about this entry. Well, perhaps there is a little Trite-ness, but we don’t care about that. For now, I’ve come to think that spider eyes are the most fascinating part of the creatures. This one’s certainly are attractive, and you’ve captured them marvelously well.

    • krikitarts says:

      Actually, spider eyes are among the most fascinating in the entire animal kingdom. They are well worth looking into when you’d like to spend a bit of time on a new web delve!

  2. Beautiful images and subjects as always 😀

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    What a monster! >>> wonderful photos! A :)

    • krikitarts says:

      When seen in macro, I must agree that you have a very valid point. I am actually quite surprised that no filmmakers have zeroed in on a jumping spider for the star protagonist. Hello, Peter Jackson, are you listening? There’s a new market opportunity here…

  4. Meanderer says:

    Her colours are interesting – the orangey bits in particular! Love the flowers, also.

    • krikitarts says:

      It was quite a bit of luck that these flowers were handy at the time, and that she seemed so content to be among them and out in the open again, and that she relaxed to such an extent for me. And, yes, black and orangey–what a handsome combination!

  5. With the changeover to Daylight Saving Time we’re now 6 hours ahead of you—and still a day behind.

    • krikitarts says:

      Ahead or behind–it all depends on one’s point of view. Down there, the seasons changed from summer to autumn on March 1st. And does it really matter in the long run? I think not.

      • I don’t understand how NZ gets to disregard the equinox and declare that autumn begins on March 1st.

      • krikitarts says:

        It’s not just New Zealand, but also Australia and, I believe, southern Africa and South America as well.

      • Live and learn. In the Wikipedia article entitled “Season” I found this:

        In Australasia the traditional terms for seasons apply to the temperate zone that occupies all of New Zealand, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the south-eastern corner of South Australia and the south-west of Western Australia, and the south east Queensland areas south of Brisbane.

        Australasian seasons
        Season Start date End date
        Summer 1 December 28 February
        Autumn 1 March 31 May
        Winter 1 June 31 August
        Spring 1 September 30 November

        In the tropical parts of Australia in the northern parts of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, wet and dry seasons are observed in addition to or in place of temperate season names.

      • krikitarts says:

        I don’t have time to check on this just now, but I also remember that (at least in the past) there are (were) “islands” within mainland Australia where the time zones differ(ed) by as little as a half-hour. It is really one wild and crazy country. And, of course, they have devils.

      • Yes, and the devil is in the details.

  6. tomwhelan says:

    Excellent images, all – love the spider details and nicely rendered backgrounds.

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