Jumping spider on decaying log

I think this is Phidippus princeps, but it’s a highly variable species and I didn’t feel like hacking it apart to examine genitalia. Plus I don’t know how to key out spider genitalia at all, so it would have been a senseless thing to do. But it was definitely capable of jumping: leaped onto my lens twice, which is always a bit unnerving. They are harmless, but when you are habituated to seeing them through a macro lens, the subconscious brain tags them as massive predators. I survived. This was one of three spiders I photographed within a small area in Swarthmore, PA, a few days ago.

Colin Purrington Photography: Spiders and ticks &emdash; Phidippus princeps

Colin Purrington Photography: Spiders and ticks &emdash; Phidippus princeps

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2 Responses to Jumping spider on decaying log

  1. Ken says:

    Yes, the reflex is hard to control and I find it doesn’t do a lot for my neck. Nice photos.

    • Thanks, Ken. In addition to neck pain, I’d add muscle and joint pain. After an hour or so, my legs and arms are shaking … and I’m in fairly good shape. Camera equipment can be heavy, and it’s hard to keep camera shake down.

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