The winner of today’s photography challenge is a little jumping spider that I noticed around the pond this summer.
I had decided last year, that I was going to try and branch out in photography subjects—therefore not just photographing birds, but looking for the smaller things as well.
In this case, it was a little jumping spider that was moving around the leaves of the decorative grass.
Now I’m not really a insect/arachnid/snake type of person (and I just realized I put the phrases of the things that I ‘avoid’ down—since I don’t mind butterflies, turtles, or lizards (can’t think of an arachnid that I ‘like’).
But I do find the smaller spiders to be somewhat cute—especially when I’m far enough away from them that I know we won’t be getting in close contact with each other.
So this spider is the bold (or daring) jumping spider, and is found throughout the United States, southern Canada, northern Mexico, and introduced to Hawaii. I assume its name came from the fact that jumping spiders hunt their prey—running them down & if needed ‘jumping’ on them. This is a juvenile spider since the spots are tinted orange/red—as the adults usually have white spots.
So it’s nice to know that there are ‘nice’ spiders in the backyard trying to keep the insect pests in check—though, yes I know that if it bit me I could get a rash/welt. But, I’m never going to get that close to any spider to have it be able to bite me.
While I don’t like spiders–I wonder how many other types I can (or have already) gotten a picture of? Are you a spider person? If you are–which spider is your favorite?
So today’s winner of the photography challenge is the
jumping spider that was hanging around the patio table and chairs.
We usually have several small spiders hanging around the patio
table and chairs during the summer. I know that there are other spiders (such
as the black widow) out in the yard under rocks and behind logs—I leave those
So the jumping spider family (Salticidae) is the largest
spider family with 610 recognized living and fossilized genera and over 5800
Other cool facts about jumping spiders include:
Depending on the species, their diet can range from small
insect to plant matter, nectar, or even small frogs (for the larger jumping
They can sing and dance.
Seriously check out some of the youtube videos on the peacock spiders.
They have sensory hairs that detect vibrations and send
signals to their brain, and act as “ears”.
While I’m not a big fan of spiders, I go out of my way to
leave them alone and hopefully not walk through a web in the morning. The only
time I will kill a spider is if I recognize that it is a harmful spider that
could hurt me (brown recluse or black widow), it breaks the rule and I see it
(but again mainly if it is a brown recluse or black widow), or I don’t realize
that I walk right through it’s web (usually first thing in the morning
I am going to try to see if I can get some more pictures of
jumping spiders (as they are the most common “friendly” spiders that I see
outdoors) this summer. This way I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone, and controlling
how I react to seeing certain things.