09.28.2020-2 Macro Monday-Flea Jumping Spider

This hairy guy is tiny yet considered the largest of its genus. Naphrys pulex.  For the most part it scrambled on the siding but did occasionally jump…usually as I was pressing the shutter release.  I tried to get a face on composition but the camera pressed against the house was still too far out. Nice look at the eyes though.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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10 Responses to 09.28.2020-2 Macro Monday-Flea Jumping Spider

  1. The species name pūlex is the Latin word for flea. Does the spider jump in a way that’s similar to the way a flea jumps, or does the spider resemble a certain kind of flea?

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Quite the hairy little guy – love all the fuzzy details!

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  3. krikitarts says:

    Largest of its species, eh? A veritable monster (if you’re a flea). And a real little beauty. When they’re that small it’s a real challenge to get a facial shot, but this angle is really good, too.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Jumping spiders are a lot of fun. I’ve been working on a photo of a tan jumping spider also found on the side of my house. Sometimes it’s almost as if they’re as curious about us as we of them. I know what you mean about problems getting different perspectives. They, and the locations they hang out on, often make that difficult.

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    • This guy wasn’t all that comfortable with the camera stuck in front of him but we did manage some time checking each other out before he disappeared inside the siding. I am not sure it is something I’ll add to my kit, but I’ve seen a “probe” lens by Laowa that might be useful in these situations although maybe would need to be too close to be viable. A bit pricey too.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I had a jumping spider of some sort as a companion at work yesterday. I moved a line, and there it was, giving me quite an appraising look. This one seems more pensive, but that may be its between-jumps mode.

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    • Probably just camera shy. I like it when something wild hangs out with me…assuming it’s not a hungry grizzly. It’s nice to be able to watch them go about their business and I am sure the spider felt the same way about you.

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