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January 28, 2010

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carbon based lifeform

Wow. The hair is amazing too. Do they use product?

John D

Fantastic.

Anna

Brilliant photos. Can spiders move their eyes?

David

The jumping spiders, like those above, tend to have very good vision, at least by spider standards. Some species have fixed lenses and mobile retinas. Some have colour vision and can see ultraviolet wavelengths too.

There’s a summary of jumping spider vision here:

http://tolweb.org/accessory/Jumping_Spider_Vision?acc_id=1946

And here:

“The spider first senses movement of distant prey with the side eyes (PLE), which provide a blurry wide-angle image. Once movement is detected, the spider turns in that direction and locks onto the moving prey with the large, middle front eyes (AME). These eyes provide a clear, focussed telephoto image, probably in colour. The spider can track moving prey both by body movements and by using muscles to internally swivel the elongated eye capsules so that the light sensitive retina of each eye remains locked on the prey. While the spider stalks closer, it uses the side front eyes (ALE) to judge the distance to the prey. When it judges the prey to be close enough (about 2 cm - 3 cm), the spider leaps.”

http://australianmuseum.net.au/How-spiders-see-the-world

Horace Dunn

"The jumping spiders, like those above, tend to have very good vision, at least by spider standards. Some species have fixed lenses and mobile retinas. Some have colour vision and can see ultraviolet wavelengths too."

Ah yes, spidey senses.

Anna

Thanks, David.

ojo

Photo #3 makes me think of baby hair. Not MY baby's hair, obviously.

Dave H.

"Disappoinment for Penelope Cruz as New Eyes Of Revlon announced."

Chris S

These pictures, while beautiful, contain spiders, and as such, the mere sight of them would kill my wife.

Sending her the link now.

Anyone have a couch I can sleep on tonight?

Anna

Chris S,

Make sure you tell her they jump.

Chris S

Jumping, not jumping, 1 cm across, 10 cm across, it doesn't really matter. Spiders = terror. I could tell her that these are simply CGI creations and are not real, or I could tell her they have wings and are actually about a foot in diameter, but it wouldn't make any difference. Spiders are spiders.

It's like being bitten in the unmentionables by a snake. At that moment, while it's dangling there with jaws clamped about your bits, does it really matter if it's poisonous or not?

JuliaM

Oh, pretty!

And I'm a bit of an arachnophobe if they are too long, spindly legged, but the exsteme close-up and the vivid colours help with that...

sk60

They're beautiful. Here's another looker...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/opoterser/3634381424/sizes/o/

David

“Spiders = terror.”

Maybe it’s partly because when they move they look vaguely like hands. Hands with lots of eyes and large venomous fangs.

Mary Jackson

"Enjoying lunch"

The eyes are bigger than the belly...

Twistyspinster

"Maybe it’s partly because when they move they look vaguely like hands."

I think it's more because the look like spiders.

Simen Thoresen

I was bit by an arachnophobe once, and it scarred me for life. If I discover one in my apartment, I'm reduced to screaming wildly and using a broom to push them out.

Nice pictures, though.

-S

sackcloth and ashes

I think I just shit myself ...

NoelArmourson

Amazing photography, this takes a lot of work and patience.

As an attestation to the visual acuity of the jumping spider, I once observed a jumping spider react to a small (1") movement of my index finger at a distance of well over five feet.

S, thank you for alerting me to the existence of arachnophobic vampires. Have you looked into the possibility of reducing the scars with plastic surgery?

pleasure women

these spiders are beautiful! but I'm frightened!

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