Jumper in Winter (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)

Look what I found a few days ago!

Jumping spider

Jumping spider

An adorable little jumping spider!  Didn’t expect to see one with the cool weather we had last week, but there it was, cute as could be.  Naturally, I had to take photos, but then I released it back outside.  I just love that metallic green sheen on the mouthparts!  Jumpers are the best.

Really cold weather coming for a lot of people this week – hope everyone stays warm!

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Sluuuuuurp!

I was out with my intern a few weeks ago looking for caterpillars and showed her some spicebush swallowtail and black swallowtail caterpillars before we made our way to the pipevine to look for pipevine swallowtail caterpillars. She hadn’t ever seen the pipevines, so I pointed out a few and we started looking around to see how many we could find on the plants.  I peered into the leaves trying to find a big caterpillar that was about to pupate when I saw a really odd-looking, shriveled caterpillar.  I assumed it was dead, but when I looked a little closer it moved.  So I looked even closer and saw this:

Jumping spider eating a pipevine swallowtail caterpillar

If that spider could smile, it totally would!  He (or she) looked quite pleased with himself and was dragging the wrinkly carcass around with him as he tried to hide under a leaf.  He was NOT letting that thing go – it was probably the score of a lifetime!

Isn’t nature grand?

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Happy Holidays from DW!

Happy holidays everyone!  I hope this post finds you well, with people you love, and happy.  And because I love to put Santa hats on insects and spiders, I give you this year’s santified arthropod, Saltie Santa:

Santa saltie

Santified is a word, right?  :)

Enjoy your day, wherever you may be!

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Jumping Spider

Last week I posted a photo of a little jumping spider I found at work that I took with my point and shoot camera.  I decided that I needed a better shot, so I  scooped the spider into a container, drove it home, and put it in my white box for a quick photo session before taking it back to work and releasing it the next morning.  Here’s one of the photos from my little shoot:

Jumping spider

Jumping spider in white box

I just love the little tufts of hair coming off the head of this little saltie!  I believe this is a Phidippus female, but I’m not 100% sure.  If anyone can give me more information, I’d love to figure out what this little beauty is with more certainty!

Happy Fourth of July to all you Americans out there!  Hope everyone’s enjoying  it.

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Jumper

Since BugShot 2011 concluded, I’ve seen a surge in the number of jumping spider photos appearing online. This is probably because Thomas Shahan, one of the best jumping spider photographers in the world, was one of the instructors and everyone wanted to try their hand at his techniques when they got home. (He takes his photos with cheap, old camera equipment he picks up at garage sales by the way!)  Today I’m jumping on the jumping spider bandwagon myself and give you my best photo of these little, terribly charismatic spiders:

jumper

Hello!

I clearly have a long way to go. :)

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Hilarious spider mating display!

I love Twitter!  Since I joined, I’ve learned some truly amazing things and generally reveled in pure bug geekery with my fellow insect bloggers/enthusiasts.  I’m tuned into bug news in a way I’ve never been before! I’m going to start occasionally posting some of the best things I come across on my blog so that I can share the love with you all.  Like several other entomologist bloggers, one of my favorite things I saw this week was this video of the peacock spider by entomologist Jürgen Otto.  It starts off a little slow, but it is absolutely worth watching at least the first four minutes.  Really, you won’t regret it because this is THE most hilarious mating dance I’ve ever seen! Behold:

Now I’m not normally one for using text abbreviations in blog posts, but OMG!  I laugh so hard every time I see this!  The spider is exceptionally beautiful, but this is also one of the most interesting behaviors I’ve seen in an invertebrate, making it one impressive little spider.  Plus, you can’t help but love something that looks so much like the aliens in Space Invaders.  :)

The movie’s creator also has some great photos on Flickr.  So cool…  Isn’t the natural world amazing?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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