Get Your Own Dinner! by William Brennan

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Jumping spiders are usually less than 0.8 in in length with females generally larger than males. They are among the most ornate of spiders; many species are brightly colored and strikingly patterned, with stout bodies, short legs, and a very large pair of eyes on the front of the face. The jumping spider has four pairs of eyes, with the large principal eyes giving it sharper vision than any other animal of similar size. It can identify prey, predators, and mates from up to a foot away. They can leap 10 to 40 times their own body length. It accomplishes its spectacular jumps by means of muscular contractions in the body that force body fluids into the legs, causing the legs to extend rapidly. Most jumping spiders feed on insects, while others feed primarily on web-building spiders. This little hunter was staking out my porch light in Rockaway, NJ USA. I took this with my Nikon D3100 and the 85mm macro lens.


salticidae, arachnida, spider, jumping spider, hunter

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • JoyceKeevil
    JoyceKeevilover 2 years ago

    WOW!!! What fantastic detail you have captured.

  • Thanks so much Joyce. I so look forward to the start of Spring when these little guys start to come out and play. =)

    – William Brennan

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Normf
    Normfover 2 years ago

    Love Jumpers, nice shot!

  • They are very cool and a whole lotta fun to watch. Thanks Norm. =)

    – William Brennan

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