Webnesday (57): House Hopper Helper

Last week I needed to mow the lawn again, so I took the mower out of my shed and, as I was pushing it out to my traditional starting spot, noticed this little fellow hitching a ride, apparently willing to help me with my chores. Not wanting him to jump off into the grass where I’d soon be mowing, I helped him to a flowering sprig from a bush in our garden. We have never quite managed to identify the bush, but the hitchhiker was another male house hopper (Hypoblemum albovittatum), one of the most frequent players in our garden pageant. Before releasing him into a safe part of the garden, I invited him to sit for me for a few minutes, and he seemed happy enough to do so. (Click a pic for more detail.) Oh, and by the way, I just happened to notice that this is my 750th post on WordPress!

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21 Responses to Webnesday (57): House Hopper Helper

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Congratulations on #750, Gary. I can never get enough of your wonderful jumping spiders. Keep them coming. They seem to have a special bond with you.

    • krikitarts says:

      I like to think that we have a kind of affinity, too. If they keep cropping up with the current regularity, I think I’ll be able to stay one jump ahead of them for a while. Thanks very much, Mike!

  2. Vicki says:

    Yes, Congratulations on your 750th post, what a milepost. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      And I didn’t even realize it until after I’d pushed the Publish button. I’d just put it up on the full-view screen and a little voice sang out: “This is the how-manyeth post?” And I looked, and there it was! You could say I actually missed the milestone, but then again, only by a few seconds. Thanks for your long-term support, Vicki!

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes, congrats indeed on the 750 posts – wonderful achievement! And good pics here too – as Mike says, you do have a way with spiders. :)

  4. Those eyes are all-seeing.

    • krikitarts says:

      Pretty much so. Their only blind spot is directly behind them but the connection between head and thorax is very flexible and they use that flexibility often to check what’s following.

  5. This jumping spider and your H-alliteration brought to mind the name of the actress and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who wrote a column called “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood.” I just learned that her birth name was Elda Furry, whose second part fits your subject.

    And here’s a post script: Happy three-quarters of a thousand.

  6. What a lovely little chap. Glad you’ve seen him safe and sound. Very nice macros.

  7. Quite the poser, fine shots. And congratulations!

  8. Finn Holding says:

    That’s a heck of a tally – hat’s off to your dedication and all those fantastic posts and photographs!

  9. He’s quite a little poser. I don’t know too many people who would go to the trouble of placing a spider in a place of safety. You and I make two. We rescue spiders from the house…unless they belong there like those that catch little insects…as well as moths and even flies. Mosquitoes die!!!!! :-)
    It’s just about time to start mowing here. Too wet today but soon.

    • krikitarts says:

      Right on, Steve, again we think alike. There are common house spiders here in NZ, particularly the long-legged, seemingly spindly and delicate cellar spider (Pholcus phalangoides), that most folks allow to settle in convenient indoor corners, sometimes for years. And they are great for mosquito control, especially good because window screens are (for some reason that we still cannot fathom) a relative rarity. (I’ve built our own.)

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