Webnesday (64)

As the days grow longer, the  weather warms and the flora flourish, I’m seeing a very rewarding increase in the fauna in our garden as well. One very welcome guest that I met last week is a variety of little jumping spider that I haven’t seen for some 3½ years, and I found that last one in Batty’s garden, about a kilometer and a half from where we live. It’s a female Polkadot Hopper (Opisthoncus polyphemus). This immigrant was reportedly first noticed in the north part of the North Island some 20 years ago and has expanded its new range here down into its central region. It is endemic to Australia and New Guinea.I’m still using the Classic Editor, so you can see more detail with a click on a photo.

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18 Responses to Webnesday (64)

  1. Those are all nice crisp views of the spider.

    The new block editor allows for enlargements, too, but it’s not the default setting the first time you use it. In the block editor, after you load a photograph into your post, click the photograph to select it. Then go to the icon bar across the top left of the page and click the icon that’s a stylized link of a chain; if you hover your mouse over the icon for a few seconds it says “Edit link.” From the menu that pops down when you click the link icon, choose “Media file.” Anyone reading your post who clicks on the picture will find it reacts the way you’re used to, namely by bringing up the actual photograph.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Steve, for both comments. Yes, I’m really happy with the portraits. I pulled out my bigger macro lens and it was worth it. I’ll save your instructions for if/when I decide to (or have to) use the new editor.

  2. Vicki says:

    Now there’s a familiar ‘face’. I do believe I see this one regularly. Great shot.

  3. Great shots. She has quite a cute little face.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Good pictures, Gary! I’m still using the Classic Editor too, so good, easy and straightforward! :)

  5. shoreacres says:

    I always enjoy seeing these little beauties. Did the four spots on the abdomen lead to the ‘polka dot’ name? Of course the last photo’s my favorite. Those eyes are enchanting.

  6. Meanderer says:

    What a character! I was just thinking, it would be great if someone were to make soft toy versions of different varieties of spider – would work very well with this one – and might help folk overcome their fears of them. Although, maybe it’s best that we don’t ‘cutify’ them, and keep our respect and a little bit of distance :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve seen a few plushified spiders through the years–usually tarantulas, but I can’t think of any at the moment that were based on what I usually think of as the more attractive (and less fierce-looking) ones. I’d love to see one patterned after the polkadot, and I can just picture the huge, black, glass (or, likely, plastic) eyes that would adorn their faces. I do like the idea.

  7. What a welcome visitor indeed! Love the patterns on this little one. Great series of photos, Gary!

  8. bluebrightly says:

    I’ve mentioned my difficult relationship with spiders but I swear, you have made this fellow look quite appealing. ;-)

  9. I am always amazed, well sort of, that people freak over spiders. Many are quite beautiful as this one exhibits. Those two large beautiful dark front eyes are mesmerizing.

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