Watch me flinch as I try not to drop the very mobile and clever Hyllus diardi. Aka: heavy jumper. These are my favorite finds, and I don’t think there has ever been a time where I failed to document a specimen I’ve found because they’re just so cute and photogenic! And they move like an animatronic..!
This one is a female! The males are not much different in size, but have a dramatically different appearance; being mostly black with lanky forelimbs and a noticeable lack off furriness compared to their lovely lady counterparts.
I finally got some time to take proper photos of Lila, my Phidippus regius female. P. regius are harmless and incredibly alert little spiders that you can observe checking things (and you!) out. Taking decent photos of jumpers is always an ordeal because of their curiosity. At one point, she lodged herself firmly into a tiny hole underneath the dishwasher door. I spent about five minutes panicking and prodding her gently with chopstick until she finally jumped out. The last photo isn’t so great but it does emphasize the fact that she’s basically a walking plushie and I love her fuzzy little face.
(This is my pet, please don’t reblog my set and add your unwanted opinions to it.)
I found this beautiful Peacock Spider on the Far South Coast of NSW. He was so beautiful! He was very active so some of my photographs turned out to be a bit blurry but I added them anyway because it still features markings that go towards identification. I believe that this is a Maratus Volans. This spider can be found in Queensland and New South Wales of Australia.
(’Maratus’ is the name given to all in the peacock spider types (genus) as it literally means ‘peacock spider’.)
He was jumping around on the tree that I found the last caterpillar on (the orange and black striped one with the white spots in a previous post). The caterpillar was still going about its own business after a week, so I think I will be able to keep an eye on its progress. This spider came hopping along, capturing my attention with its beautiful tail. It was quite curious about my camera and slowly came towards me as if to inspect me before disappearing.
RELATED SIDE NOTE:I have recently found out that there is a new species of Peacock Spider close to my area and, while this one is not the new species, I will be keeping an eye out for it! Maybe I will get to meet it and take some nice photographs of it. Fingers crossed!
If you’d like to meet the new species, Google ‘Maratus Sapphirus’ to check it out!
This tiny dude sees his reflection in my lens. He pounced and chased my lens all around. Male jumping spiders are very territorial. He did a dance to warn, what he thought was another male, to go away. When that didn’t work, he went a little berserk and after a while I figured that was enough frustration for one itty bitty spider and I let him be on his way.-Spores&More
Another great submission! Jumping spiders are amazing and are the largest family (Salticidae) of spiders, containing >10% of all species of spiders.