Webnesday (70)

I had intended to post this yesterday (Wednesday), but other matters demanded more attention, so I’m a day late—but it’s still Wednesday back in Minnesota as I write this. I’ve been going through some old photos from summers back at the cabin, and I came across this encounter that I had with a tiny common white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina proterva). One of my shots from that session is a long-time favorite, and I included it in my 500th post some 6½ years ago (here). I’ve had a new look at the others that I saved, and would like to present another. I’m not sure of its gender, but its body length was considerably less than a quarter of an inch (maybe about 3 mm) long.

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16 Responses to Webnesday (70)

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Without hesitation my first thought is.. this is the cutest spider photo ever!!
    ~I enjoyed the 500th-post link, really love the hummingbird photo :)

  2. shoreacres says:

    What a cutie. The name rang a bell, too. I had no idea a genus of spiders carries the same name as one of the most famous pearls in the world. The eyes of these jumping spiders are the best; despite the small size, you captured them wonderfully well.

  3. You got good sharpness here. Pelegrina means ‘pilgrim,’ but why this genus of spiders bears that name isn’t clear.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful portrait! :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Although our encounter was nine years ago, I can remember the moments so clearly it’s almost uncanny. I think it was shortly after I got my NIkon 105 macro lens, and I was so happy to have it for this.

  5. Looking into those beautiful eyes reminded me of a poster someone gave me in my quest for enlightenment during my college years. I never did find it. But what was amusing about the image of Meher Baba was the belief that he was with you because no matter where you were in the room his eyes were looking at you. These eyes appear the same. Obviously I should have been following spiders in my quest. Great detail. Nice and hairy.

    • krikitarts says:

      My second daughter has a 3-D translucent plastic mask of Einstein on one of her walls, and his eyes seem to follow you anywhere in the room. It’s quite arresting–and rather haunting. I’d like to see your poster.

  6. seekraz says:

    Wonderful detail, Gary.

  7. wolke205 says:

    Es gruselt mich jedes Mal auf s Neue ;) Aber: Deine Fotos sind wahnsinnig toll, vor allem die Augen der Spinnen kommen toll zur Geltung :) Liebe Grüße, Frauke

    • krikitarts says:

      Gut ist es, wieder ein Wort von Dir zu finden. Ja, ich weiβ, daβ Du kein Spinnenfreund bist, aber es freut mich zu sehen, daβ Du immerhin ihre Besonderheiten schätzen kannst. Vielen Dank, Frauke!

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