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To the Top!
The beautiful things we find in nature! We can look and not see, and sometimes, it jumps right at you, literally! Sometimes what you see in nature may not be what you would think of as beautiful, but you can't deny it's intriguing, and the good news, it's part of nature's links!
When I came across this little fellow, a phidippus clarus, I think we surprised each other! Of course, he was looking for his next meal, and I was looking for something interesting to photograph. The ensuing seconds really proved to be quite memorable; and I'm glad I had my camera to capture a beauty that is seldom seen!
All Photos by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved.
Looking ~ And looking back at me! - I was instantly drawn to investigate...
Something about this guy caught my eye. It could have been those gorgeous turquoise fangs or those big eyes!
Perhaps if you get a better view... - ...You'll see what I mean!
Are those eyes soulful or what?!
It quickly became apparent... - ...this guy is not happy with me ~ or the camera!
Or maybe he was getting out his knife and fork!
When he turned sideways... - ...perhaps to get his napkin...
I caught my first ever glimpse of a phidippus clarus's rear-end ~ wow! What a beautiful creature!
A Photography Tip for Macro Shots of Jumping Spiders
Jumping spiders attack their meal by jumping on them, so when they detect you, they will not flee, but instead, turn to see if you are their next meal! So while this sounds frightening, remember that these are great opportunities! Just remember they will seek cover if you become too menacing, so try to get the best light on the spider, not too bright, get as close as you can, and take as many pictures as you can!
Oh, Those Eyes! - And those gorgeous turquoise fangs!
And how many eyes!
The phidippus clarus actually have eight eyes, and can see better than a cat can in the daytime. They have infrared vision, and they can see ten times better than a dragonfly!
I would like to thank my source, Wikipedia ~ Thank you!
On the Way Up! - I think he is upset!
Too much paparazzi ~ or he is ready for supper!
Isn't this little Phidippus Clarus... - ...just lovely!
He jumps straight at the camera, ready to attack! - But freefalls... eeeeeKK!!!
No worries, this little fellow hopped back on the same branch, and hopefully, soon was having a delicious snack. I assure you it wasn't me!
If you would like to see more of this phidippus clarus and his adventures, come along and view the To the Top! slideshow! Click "Full Screen" in the almost upper left-hand corner, and be sure to click out of the actual slideshow when through to return to this page.
Now that you know... - ...all about the phidippus clarus...
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Did you know how beautiful phidippus clarus are?
By award-winning author of science books for children...
Sandra Markle and her photographer husband present fascinating facts about jumping spiders, with two-page layouts of the jumping spider's anatomy. The close-ups of the jumping spiders will intrigue your child to understand and want to learn more about the world of science. Jump to it!
A Female phidippus clarus... - ...much plainer and smaller!
Enjoy the little Phidippus Clarus on stage!
Can't get enough?!
See plenty more phidippus clarus here!
You will enjoy these macro videos that showcase the phidippus clarus ~
Amazing and ahh-some!!