Webnesday (55)

Last Thursday I had another spontaneous volunteer in my saga of spider experiences. Well, actually it volunteered to Squiddy, who was over here for a brief but cautiously-distanced visit with the Elf and the Sprite for a session on the swing I’ve made for them. Quite an arachnophile herself, she spied it on the railing of our deck and called it to my attention. I carefully offered it a ride on a fading straw flower that we still had in a small vase, and it accepted. It’s a new variety for me: It’s commonly known as a flattened jumping spider and, in my Spiders of New Zealand book, only the genus (Holoplatys) is given. It was really quite small, with a total leg span of not much more than one centimeter. It was quite active, and I managed to get only one image that I consider suitable for offering here. Hope I see another one soon! (Click the pic for more detail.)

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13 Responses to Webnesday (55)

  1. Fine detail. The flower provides a nice background.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Once I figured out how much a centimeter is, I was even more impressed. Is it called ‘flattened’ because of a propensity to stretch out flat wherever it’s lurking? It looks like that’s exactly what it’s doing on your strawflower.

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s called “flattened” because it doesn’t need to stretch out flat, but is naturally so. This unusual conformation perfectly enables it to fit easily into very cramped spaces under little pieces of tree bark.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    What a strange creature – wonderful! :)

  4. That is a real beauty, Gary! Super shot, too! Getting one decent shot is better than none, so well done!

  5. Sometimes they just want to keep moving so getting a decent shot is an achievement. Very handsomely patterned.

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