Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Janet and the Jumping Spider
Janet is brave. As she says in this video, "I love spiders". Visit Midwestern Native Plants for more of her adventures. This little guy, or big guy, is from Cave Lake YMCA camp, which graciously hosted our Ohio Heritage Naturalist group this past saturday. I've seen and photographed this type of spider before, but I never knew that you could hold them. They have green eyes- you might just be able to get a glimpse of them when I zoom in a bit. As far as the movie goes, I made it on the old Mac G4 that DrJaymez hooked me up with. iMovie is quite fun. Any other nature bloggers using Macs?
Featured comment from Janet herself:
"Oops, I forgot to tell you. That is the Bold jumping Spider, Phidippus audax. The chelicerae are what is green, instead of the eyes. It can be distinguished from the Regal Jumping Spider, Phidippus regius by the flat black spots on its abdomen around the three white one. It is hard to see unless in the right light, but it showed up in my pics."