The Bug Geek

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Photo Friday: Terrifically uncooperative jumping spider

Ever since falling madly in love with the gorgeous big jumping spiders in Florida, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a native Phidippus to photograph.

Yesterday, during a lab that took our students to the outdoor horticultural center on our campus, a student collected a lovely immature male jumping spider from a row of peppers, popped it in his sandwich bag, and brought it to the instructor.

I was like, YOINK.

Ever since, I have been taking breaks from my work about every hour, trying desperately to get a decent shot of this incredibly bold and active little guy, who had no interest whatsoever in being cooperative.

I finally got one that works for me:

Phidippus sp.

Handsome little devil, no?


Oh, what the heck, here’s one more:

Phidippus sp. 2

(This lovely specimen was collected by Joseph Perreault).


I have to apologize for the lack of posting lately. I am feeling rather guilty about it, but, as my advisor (who, ironically, is blogging/tweeting like a boss right now) says, “you’re doing a PhD”. Yeah, I am, and sometimes the work has to come first.  😦

7 responses to “Photo Friday: Terrifically uncooperative jumping spider

  1. Adrian D. Thysse October 12, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Love the fall colours with this one. A question: how do you tell a immature male from a female? Is it the flashy chelicerae?

  2. Jon Quist October 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Great shots! As always. 😀 I amost feel that I am communicating with the beast by looking into its googly eyes.

  3. Victor Cubias October 14, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I understand your fascination with bugs, me too. Must of the bugs are just so pretty, especially tiny hyper spiders. I also really like bumble bees and butterflies.

  4. Sarah Meek October 30, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    Great snap. It looks really great. It is called sublime beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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