It felt a bit like spring here this morning, for the first time. At 8 am the sun was shining and the temperature was 17°C (almost 63°F). I noticed a tiny spider in the kitchen that had very probably only recently hatched, and carefully secured it with a small plastic vial and took it outside to the garden. It’s not easy to tell when they are this small, but I’m pretty confident that it was another Bronze Aussie Jumper (Helpis minitabunda). I encouraged it to spend a few minutes on one of our daisy-like flowers before releasing it, and was able to get this photo. Since it was upside down, I’ve made an enlarged view.
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That final image is really something, Gary! :)
Thanks, Adrian, it’s great to be back in the saddle again, though it will take quite some time to get the cinch straps right once more!
It’s interesting that our facial recognition facility doesn’t seem to work as well or seem as satisfying when a face is upside down, even though all the same information is there.
Your mention of 17°C reminds me of an adjacent and conveniently palindromic conversion: rounded to the nearest whole degree, 16°C = 61°F.
That is indeed interesting and curious regarding the facial orientation. And regarding the temperature, it’s surprising to me that many folks don’t realize that °F and °C meet at -40.
Well, -40° is a temperature that people almost never experience and seldom need to refer to. If the two scales met at a commonly experienced temperature, the coincidence would probably be better known.
Are those yellow bits pollen, or part of the spider’s anatomy? They’re fine decoration in either case. I always enjoy these little critters’ faces — especially the eyes.
Those are bits of pollen from the center of the flower, and well spotted. For the first half of our time together, one of those little clumps was stuck right above one of its eyes. In fact, you can still see a remnant over its right eye, especially in the blowup; it had just removed most of it.
Very nice macros, Gary! These spiders always seem to be curious of us, and I am sure they enjoy looking into the camera and posing :)
On several occasions I’ve had them jump right onto the camera lens as I was getting intimate, likely to interact with their reflections. That’s when one needs a second camera handy.
Those eyes!!! Not everyone would say so…but how cute.
I’m not sure that many would agree with cute but, otoh, who could disagree with acute? They are, in fact, the most advanced eyes of all the arthropods.
And so large and dark.
Fine shots of this tiny creature!
It added to the challenge by hunkering in the dark under the petals, but my little pocket flashlight helped a lot.
Good for you! :-)
I love your spider, Gary. I can never get enough of seeing jumping spiders, though only rarely do I get to see one in person.
Thanks, Mike. In retrospect I probably should have increased the shadows more on this one, but I do like the subtle dark details that take some study to appreciate. With our spring coming steadily on, I’m seeing a few, but the ones I’ve tried to encourage to sit (or stand or cling) for me have been far too active, with their minds on more pressing things than my momentary interest. But you know me: I, too, am quite a patient fellow, and there will be more.