Two days ago I found that an old piece of childrens’ furniture that we keep in the back yard for the grandkids had suffered a fractured leg joint. After I’d taken it into my shed for repair, this large (body length 1.5 cm/0.6 inch) male bronze jumping spider boldly strutted into view from one of its crevices and asked for a portrait. We have several marigolds blooming in our vegetable garden, and this one seemed well-suited for the session. He was quite willing to spend enough time on it for me to get this shot before he jumped onto my hand, climbed my arm, and disappeared around to my back. Luckily, Squiddy was close at hand and able to help me put him right back where he’d come from in the garden.
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He’s a beauty. Nice shots!
Thanks, Belinda, it’s always so rewarding to find one of these guys who’s so willing to cooperate for a little while.
That second one is an excellent facial portrait. Call it full frontal arachnidity.
It’s been quite a while since my last tête-à-tête with one of these excellent garden companions. I love the close interactions that they not only tolerate, but also seem to enjoy.
A new interpretation of “Spiderman” 😃
I like that thought very much–thanks, David!
Excellent portrait by the spider whisperer.
I’ll gladly accept that new moniker with (in my dreams, eight) open arms. They really are so much fun to work with.
Super close-ups! What a super-looking chap – although not sure I’d have felt unruffled had he jumped on me and moved around my back :-)
They move very (very!) fast and there’s not much one can do when they decide to explore the explorer. There are only so many times, as they strive for higher ground, that they accept the back of the other hand (or the flower) as the next stage, and then they’re off again. It was fortunate for both of us that Squiddy was within hailing range.
The marigold made a perfect perch for him; the colors certainly made a nice match. I still can’t get over those eyes, or your ability to capture them with such clarity. These little guys always bring a smile.
Ah, yes, the eyes definitely have it with these wee folk. They are the most highly-developed in the entire arthropod phylum. This one cooperated wonderfully with several motionless pauses, and that’s such a big help.
Wonderful creature, beautiful pictures! :)
They really are. Each encounter presents new challenges and new rewards too!