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This little guy was only 1.5mm in length, and if I wasn’t looking for an ant to feed a spider, I would have never found him. The only way I could get a shot of him, was to hold him as such, and shoot from the tip of my finger. Notice in the shot, you can see my finget print lines.

There is a story, and yet another lesson I learnt after shooting this one, I no sooner put him back on the same leaf I got him from, and BAM!! Withing seconds, he was snapped up by a larger jumping spider. I so badly wanted to rip him out of his clitches, but knew it was only nature playing out the complex world of life.

I have photos of this poor little spider in the jaws of a larger spider while I will upload next. It really made me appreciate my life on this beautiful planet as a human. We have life easy after learning about insects!

Mount Cootha botanical gardens, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

*In memory of a cute little spider, I called “stripey”, RIP little buddy!


  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 5 years ago

    Wow that’s quite the brilliant capture, Adam!!!

  • Thanks so very much Gail!! :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • wayne51
    wayne51about 5 years ago

    Awesome. Wayne

  • Thanks Wayne mate! :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic !

  • Thanks Steven mate! ;)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Adrian Kent
    Adrian Kentabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant macro, you snapped him just right!

  • Thanks so much Adrian!! ;)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Adam. Poor little guy, but I guess it’s just as well they are cannibalistic, otherwise the world would be totally overrun.

  • This is true, millions of years of evolution have made them breed just the right amount to keep the species running :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...about 5 years ago

    i HATE spiders.. but he is cute! lol

  • Hehe, he was a little cutie :) In the half hour it too me to finally get this shot, I grew quite a bond with him.. Poor little guy :P

    – Adam Gormley

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Great macro shot. Amazing little creature.

    Alas, poor Eyore, we knew him well. ;o) Excellent work Adam.

  • Hehe, thanks bunches Bunny :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    wonderful capture.

  • Thanks very much Joy!! :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartabout 5 years ago

    Awww Stripey, you were very handsome!

  • Hehe, thanks very much Georgie!! :)

    – Adam Gormley

  • GabrielK
    GabrielKabout 5 years ago

    great shot, saw his brother at roma st parklands and he was fiercely defending himself from my lens

  • I love how these little guys turn their heads, and attack at the sight of anything in range, it’s so cute! Cheers Gabriel!! :)

    – Adam Gormley

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