Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Inconveniently Located Spider

I brought home two jumping spiders from work last week, a tiny one that I found on a milkweed plant and another, a giant jumper, that a coworker scooped up for me in the shed.  Imagining myself to be Thomas Shahan, I twisted on my extension tubes, set my flashes, and released the giant into my whitebox to photograph him/her.  Then I promptly lost it.  I picked up the sheets of paper in the bottom and shook everything out and couldn’t find it.  I was beginning to be worried it had jumped in my hair or something when I saw it clamor over the back of my large flash.  It loved that flash!  Any time I lost track of it, I’d soon find it sitting on the flash again.  So, I took a couple of shots of it up there, just because it amused me that it loved the flash so much:

Jumping spider on flash

Jumping spider, in love with the flash

I am leaning toward Phidippus otiosus on this one, based on the colors and pattern on the upper surface of the abdomen.  Anyone want to contest that?

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

4 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Inconveniently Located Spider

  1. Great image and so is the one produced by the text, although favourite perch for a spider has me thinking, seriously, why?? The position in the room, something to do with camouflage, presence of food, threat ??
    Love the blogs that make me think!

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