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Copyright: Scott McDougall (Taggart) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 64] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF100mm Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-16 0:38
Viewed: 4021
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Jumping spiders are small to medium in size, stout-bodied and short-legged, with a distinctive eye pattern. The body is rather hairy (pubescent) and frequently brightly colored or iridescent. Some species are antlike in appearance. The jumping spiders forage for their prey in the daytime. They approach prey slowly and, when a short distance away, make a sudden leap onto the unfortunate animal. They are good jumpers and can leap many times their own body length.

Jumpers do not build spider webs for trapping prey - they use them for hiding and laying eggs only. Prey is stalked and killed much like a cat stalks a bird. A spider silk "lifeline" is always at the ready; if threatened, these guys rapidly lower themselves into the underbrush. They also use the line to climb back into postion should a jump go awry and they miss their target.


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Hi Scott,
Nice macro with a great in your face POV. Very good detail considering the minute size of these guys. Exposure looks very good as does the natural colour.

Spiders are evil! This one looks really scary! "I don't like insects looking at me like that!"
I love your composition and sharpness of the head of the spider. Was this taken at night that you had to use flash? and F.10 could only achieve this amount of DOP?

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