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Common House Hopper

Common House Hopper
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-12
Categories: Spiders
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ100, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-13 4:52
Viewed: 8226
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common House Hopper Spider (Salticidae family)

There are thought to be at least two distinct species of House Hopper in New Zealand, Trite parvula (possibly a native)and Hypoblemum albovittatum (introduced from Australia)
.... well, thats what one book said. Then I found this:
"According to recent data (Żabka and Pollard 2002, 2003)
the list of New Zealand Salticidae comprises 16 genera and
50 species. The actual fauna, however, is much richer with
as many as 30 genera and 200 species expected (Żabka
unpubl.). The main component of the fauna is made of 2
groups of genera, with “Trite” auricoma (Urquhart, 1886)
and Trite minax (Powell, 1873) being the best known representatives
of each group. Large Australian genera such as
Hypoblemum, Lycidas, Opisthoncus, Holoplatys, Helpis and
Clynotis are represented each by single species, probably
introduced or dispersed by ballooning or rafting (Żabka
et al. 2002). Adoxotoma treated here is also of Australian
origin, though the species described is phylogenetically
rather distant from its Australian congeners.

.... I'm sure there are rather more than they realise.

I shot this one with a Raynox DCR150 attached to my Lumix DMC FZ100 Digital telemacro(96x)

Hope you like it.


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Usually i don't write critiques about photos that, at the present time, i wouldn't to be capable of doing, i don't consider it correct, but this macro is very remarkable.Besides the clear details, it's possible to see yourself reflected in the spider'eyes.A great final touch!

Hi Steve!

You present us a very special and surprising macro picture. Beside the fact that the picture shows us an impressive spider from a rare point of view, the reflection of your person in the insect's eyes is stunning! Together with the other reflections due to the use of a flashlight and the effects of the chromatic aberration, this creates a very particular effect and impact.

Kind regards


Ciao Steve, wonderful macro with fantastic details, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful bright colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-13 6:22]

Hello Steve,
What a macro! Incredible sharpness and details. The reflections in the eyes are impressive. Beautiful bright colours. Good DOF and choice of composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-13 6:53]

Hello Steve,
A fine frontal view macro of this spcies of Jumping Spider. The details, especially the eyes are seen with fine sharpness and colours and its nice to see your refection in the eyes!
Thanks and cheers,

Hello Steve,
I've been absent from TN last days. I think I lost the moment when you've started experimenting with your new Lumix and macro lens attached! ... But I love watching this! ... Really is very interesting! ... It is obviously an effect close to that achieved with a DSLR, but with slightly noticeable distortions that surely will reduce as you get better control over the new equipments.
Congratulations friend Steve! ... is a very interesting picture, well done!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Hi Steve,

Stunning macro capture of a majestic beauty!
Great work!
TFS and have a nice night! By the way, nice to see you again!


I almost thought you were kidding. You're almost to the point of selling one of those camera...I will wait until I get my power wheelchair so I can get out more and further. Wonderful super macro.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-13 18:14]

Hello Steve,
such a stunning macro. The details are lively and captivating. I like the hairy view and monstrous look of this creature.
Well presented shot.


Olá Steve

Esta estava de olho em ti! Muito boa macro, espectacular close up. Parabéns!


Hi Steve,

Very great macro!
Car headlights like eyes can see you.
Congratulations, TFS.


Can't say that I've ever seen the photographer so clearly before, in this reflected "spider eyed" format..
Gee wiz, a first Steve :)
Well done!

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