A Little Snack  by myautofocuslife

A Little Snack

Can you see the teeny weeny snack he's carrying in his jaws? Please view large for details. 8D

One of the best things about doing this project is the fact that I've come to love jumping spiders. When I first started, I thought all spiders were scary. But now I know better. Jumping spiders are super cute! They're different. They're big-eyed and curious, always on the go, always intrigued by you, when they see you looking at them.

If you have never met a jumping spider before, I hope you do, and I hope you take a little time to say hello. The ones I've seen and photographed are tiny, mostly 5-7mm, just like this one. If you blinked, you'd miss them.

Did you know that jumping spiders are not only harmless to people, they are beneficial to the environment because they keep the insect population in check?

A few tips on spotting jumping spiders.

Remember that they do not spin webs to catch prey. They are active day hunters, so you should be able to spot them in the morning, especially on sunny days, because they like to warm up in the sun. They do this on trees and plants, on walls and fences. It's harder to find them on cloudy, cold or rainy days.

Look out for telltale signs of their presence such as single strands of web strung between leaves. This is the dragline they leave behind when they jump. Look on the underside of leaves. Go to where their food sources are, where tiny insects are.

Keep a sharp eye out. Jumping spiders are tiny. Look at the nail on your little finger—they are even tinier than that!

I've had such an adventure on 365 with these guys. I remember exactly where I had taken a photo of one, I remember the excitement, I remember how much I enjoyed watching them. Now it's second nature for me to look out for jumpers wherever I think they may be around, even when I don't have my camera with me. Every encounter leaves an impression on my mind and a smile on my face. 8)

FAVE! love love love the photo and your enthusiasm and the knowledge you've acquired and shared with 365!
November 12th, 2012  
Such incredible detail Livia and you are right - best viewed large to see lunch! fav
November 12th, 2012  
Beautiful
November 12th, 2012  
Yes, I can see his snack! Wonderful details!
November 12th, 2012  
Brilliant Macro Livia.
November 12th, 2012  
Amazing close up
November 12th, 2012  
This is just brilliant!
Wonderful shot.
November 12th, 2012  
Fantastic! Love your captures and your knowledge of these tiny beauties. Thank you. Fav
November 12th, 2012  
Great story! That is some crazy looking spider and to capture that little critter in his mouth!
November 12th, 2012  
You have opened my eyes to a world I would have otherwise missed. Such a great macro.
November 12th, 2012  
I can't believe you 'caught' that! Amazing!!!!
November 12th, 2012  
Fav for me. I can't believe you caught the aphid and with such clarity. Well done Livia!
November 12th, 2012  
How amazing! fave.
November 12th, 2012  
wow beautiful capture!!
November 12th, 2012  
Great shot! I would love to find a jumping spider - I've looked but have yet to find one.
November 12th, 2012  
Coming out of hiding?
November 12th, 2012  
Brilliant shot, but more brilliant is the pleasure you get, it is infectious:0)
November 12th, 2012  
wonderful image and words!
November 12th, 2012  
Awesome shot
November 12th, 2012  
Lovely capture!!! Great focus!
November 12th, 2012  
Oh wow, to get something so small that has captured something smaller just boggles my mind! :-)
November 12th, 2012  
The leaf really gives him scale. He looks like he's hiding. :)
November 12th, 2012  
We don`t have jumping spiders so I`ve to do it with you wonderful pic.`s
and the very great explanations.
Change of seasons has also a bad side. We often have it on one day.
The biggest problem when we go out : What do I wear and do we need a raincoat and an umbrella?.
To show it I`ll do a pic. for you to day of our yesterday`s weather
November 12th, 2012  
Another great shot! - and thank you for sharing your knowledge about jumping spiders with us!
November 12th, 2012  
Rob
He is a cute little fellow!
November 12th, 2012  
Instant FAV, he is a cutie and this is a wonderful capture of him!
November 12th, 2012  
Amazing detail and sharpness :)
November 12th, 2012  
He looks like he would be good value in the garden so that his snack is not snacking on our plants. I can't believe I am saying that a spider looks cute!
November 12th, 2012  
Great capture of him and his meal Livia.
November 12th, 2012  
I am always amazed at the detail you manage to capture. Fantastic!!! :-)
November 12th, 2012  
Awesome focus.. i dont know how you keep doing it x
November 12th, 2012  
Playing hide and seek? Very nice
November 12th, 2012  
mag
I was away for weeks...and I come back to one of your wonderful spider photos....!!...great shot....
November 12th, 2012  
Adding to the long list of compliments!! Fav. What are you going to do when these critters grow up and leave home?
November 12th, 2012  
Awesome again Livia. Not long to go now on your project
November 12th, 2012  
What a cutie - with a snack too! Awesome! Thanks (as always) for taking the time to enlighten us with more info about these amazing creatures!
November 12th, 2012  
This little spider has lunch in mind! He is cute but I hate the jumping aspect! Fab macro!
November 13th, 2012  
All I can say is 8D, XD and 8) !!! Oh and :-)
November 13th, 2012  
Wow, only a week of your project left. I always enjoy catching up with your creepy crawlies and information.
November 13th, 2012  
Fantastic macro. I can't believe you even captured his snack. I have so enjoyed your shots, Livia.
November 13th, 2012  
How fabulous! His catch is super tiny and with legs.
November 13th, 2012  
Cute shot and you've captured him carrying away his meal. I just love his whiskers; they always look like little old men to me. Oh, and another fav.
November 13th, 2012  
What incredible detail. Wonderful.
November 13th, 2012  
that teeny weeny snack will probably fill him right up! what a find!!!
November 13th, 2012  
such a hairy little guy!
November 13th, 2012  
This is definitively sth else on large format! I think we should crown you the queen of jumpers, your commentary is as knowledgeable as it is hilarious - in the best sense of the word. I will definitively check under the leaves in my garden now you've explained the tell tales!
November 13th, 2012  
Great capture of the hungry little jumpy! Your spidey pics always make me smile :)
November 13th, 2012  
I just love those eyes.
November 13th, 2012  
I like the way he has retreated under the leaf with his snack. He's hoping you won't take it off him!
November 13th, 2012  
Ian
Great composition
November 13th, 2012  
Fascinating insight into jumping spiders Livia, you have learnt so much, as have we all I think, as a result of this project! Incredible detail here, great focus!
November 13th, 2012  
awww cute!! I love your shots of these little guys :)
November 13th, 2012  
Thank you for the tips on finding these little guys.. I remember finding them as a kid but now I never knew what to look for.. such great detail!
November 13th, 2012  
Livia, I never tire of your shots, they are amazing. Are you seriously still not using a tripod? How do you capture them so clearly. I love that you have almost made this shot a tribute to the little fellows.
November 13th, 2012  
@dreams I still don't have a tripod and I don't want to use one! I don't think I will go out with my camera if I have to lug a tripod along. I just take lots of shots, knowing some will be blurry because my hands are not steady all the time. 8)
November 13th, 2012  
Lin
They are just so wonderful - I am so going to miss these guys.... Love that you have been able to bring this micro world to us all, and to show us so much beauty in the easily overlooked!
November 13th, 2012  
I don't think I have seen one in real life myself. I am always on the look out for them! Fabulous capture!
November 13th, 2012  
This is incredible! Not only a tiny, tiny jumping spider but also an even tinier bugette. Fabulous xx
November 13th, 2012  
@myautofocuslife Well your shots are truly amazing and I love how you captured his snack.
November 13th, 2012  
Another Awesome capture Livia!.....WOW! : )
November 13th, 2012  
Wow, a real bucket list shot, a jumping spider having their lunch! Another brilliant shot Livia.
November 13th, 2012  
Super cute! great information about jumping spider :D
November 13th, 2012  
Amazing capture. I love reading about your journey with jumping spiders. Its a great that you found a joy within the joy of photography.
November 13th, 2012  
Awesome!!! Love the details you captured and all the wonderful information you shared. I don't think i have ever seen one in person. They sure are cute!!
November 13th, 2012  
Super Amazing details and thanks for the infos....:)and thank u's for all ur sweet comments....
November 13th, 2012  
Peek-a-boo! Another awesome shot!
November 13th, 2012  
I loved your narrative and I've come to appreciate spiders so much more since seeing them so up close and personal, thanks to you ;-) I need to go out looking for them. Thanks for the tips and another super shot!
November 13th, 2012  
I looked at full screen as you advised, Livia. Wish I hadn't - urgh!!

Nice work.
November 13th, 2012  
Incredible capture Livia, I love your spider shots and wealth of knowledge you have gained through capturing them. You would make a good candidate for an article in Nat Geo !
Fav for sure!
November 13th, 2012  
FAV -- spider and his meal! man oh man. Great catch. You know -- the great thing about 365 is you have taught me to love jumping spiders too! :-) Wish I could find them in my area...I will keep looking.
November 13th, 2012  
Great shot again of these cuties!!! I haven't been able to spot any jumping spiders in my area if I do I will move them to my green house to control aphids!!!
November 13th, 2012  
If the spider is 5-7mm I can imagine how tiny the insect in its mouth is. Super fantastic micro capture, Livia.
November 13th, 2012  
Great shot and fab details =)
November 13th, 2012  
Great macro and great detail - well done!
November 14th, 2012  
A great, big, cute-as-a-jumping-spider, bright and happy "THANK YOU!" to everyone! This definitely counts among my own favourite shots of jumping spiders. Isn't he gorgeous. Thank you so much for your constant support. I am grateful.

November 14th, 2012  
Cute behind the leaf
November 14th, 2012  
Fav - just such a cutie!
November 14th, 2012  
Fabulous shot! Great detail and I love that he caught what looks like an aphid!
November 14th, 2012  
Mel
Another fab shot, jumpers are my favourite too, we have a lot around the house and my boy loves to chase them, I try to save them before he squashes them but he occasionally brings me one after a chase looking a bit worse for wear!
November 14th, 2012  
Awesome!
November 14th, 2012  
Too cool!
November 15th, 2012  
awe, this looks like an old man spider! cute!
November 15th, 2012  
these really make me giggle I don't think I can stress that enough :) so creative and yet so simple :)
November 16th, 2012  
Omg! So cute! Fav! I will never forget the jumpy that got on and in my camera bag! I loved the pic from that one. I saw a brown one on the dock steps with a coral colored blossom behind it, but had only my canon Powershot 800 to get the shot. I regret that! I will keep hunting for them! They are sooooo little. That brown one on dock steps was about the size of the head of a pin!
November 19th, 2012  
Beautiful shot and a very interesting story! Inspiring! Fav!
November 21st, 2012  
incredible detail
April 20th, 2013  
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