Webnesday (54)

Back on March 25, the day New Zealand escalated to full lockdown, I was working in my shed and, out of the corner of my eye, saw a tiny moving speck that turned out to be a jumping spider on the inside of the open door. As is my custom, when I have the time and the tools handy, I eased it gently into a little container where it would be safe overnight until I could release it the next morning. I plucked a small pink flower from one of the weeds in our garden (sorry, I haven’t had time to identify it—any help out there?), placedit in a small vase, and set him free onto the blossom. At first he seemed to be camera-shy, turning away from me every time I carefully rotated the vase so I could get a better angle, but eventually my patience paid off and he gave me a few hoped-for opportunities. It’s a male house hopper (Hypoblemum albovittatum)—not as dramatically colorful as the one [here] that I found on the 3rd of March, but still quite a handsome fellow. After about five minutes, he’d had enough attention and elegantly hopped first onto my hand and immediately from there to freedom. By the way, the flower was approximately an inch and a half, or about 4 cm, in diameter. (As usual, click on a pic for a more-detailed view.)

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18 Responses to Webnesday (54)

  1. Mike Powell says:

    I absolutely love jumping spiders and this one is a beauty. You must be thrilled, Gary, that eventually you were able to get a view of the eyes, which I always find mesmerizing. I am in awe of the detail that you were able to capture considering how tiny the spider is.

  2. krikitarts says:

    I’m getting better with the few sessions they’ve offered me recently. They move so fast, though, that using my remote release is practically out of the question. I do use a tripod, if I have the time, but I have to rely on high ISO so that I can get reasonable DOF and short bursts, and hope that a few come out well. The whole exercise is a bit of a meditation, and I love it!

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    I really love your macro photography. Thanks for sharing the beauty of flowers from your neck of the woods!

  4. Emily Gooch says:

    Beautiful shot of the flower and you certainly have a way with capturing the best side of the bugs. I never thought I would say this about a spider but you made this little guy look kinda cute… especially the last shot. :)

  5. shoreacres says:

    Aaaawwww…. Those eyes! And that perky attitude! I did laugh at the name. The only other time I’ve heard ‘house hopper’ used, it was on a news broadcast about a gang of teen-aged break-in artists who were making their way down the street one house at a time. They finally got them — and the stolen loot.

    • krikitarts says:

      Teen-aged break-in artists, eh? Now, there’s a happy thought, indeed. These Salticids are truly phenomenal jumpers, but they would be hard-put to contemplate a house-to-house attempt. I have, however, seen them confidently cross spaces of a foot (30 cm) or so, thanks to amazingly-efficient design and the best eyes in the arthropod phylum!

  6. Although jumping spiders are probably found everywhere, the first one I recall ever noticing was on a windowsill in Honduras, when I was around 23 years old.

  7. Fine shots! I like jumping spiders a lot.

  8. Love this spider. Super macros, Gary!

  9. bluebrightly says:

    :-) OK, maybe this one’s cute.

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