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The Eyes of Death!

The Eyes of Death!
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Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Protoctista
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS10D, M-PE65mm Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Jumping spiders (Salticidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-10 6:46
Viewed: 5618
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The jumping spider has four pairs of eyes, with the large principal eyes giving it sharper vision than any other animal of similar size. It can identify prey, predators, and mates from up to 30 cm (up to 12 in) away.

Jumping spiders are usually less than 2 cm (less than 0.8 in) in length with females generally larger than males. They are among the most ornate of spiders; many species are brightly colored and strikingly patterned, with stout bodies, short legs, and a very large pair of eyes on the front of the face.

The jumping spider is an active predator, usually hunting during daylight. It will stalk to within a few body lengths of the prey, crouch, crawl slowly forward, and then lift its front legs and pounce. It accomplishes its spectacular jumps by means of muscular contractions in the body that force body fluids into the legs, causing the legs to extend rapidly. Most jumping spiders feed on insects, while others feed primarily on web-building spiders.

The male's front pair of legs are colored and have distinctive bands of hair. In many species the male performs complex courtship displays in which he bobs his body and waves his front legs in a highly specific manner. After mating, the female lays her eggs in a silk-lined shelter under stones or bark, or on the surface of plants. The female will often guard the eggs and newly hatched young.

Scientific classification: Jumping spiders make up the family Salticidae, in the spider order Araneae. Spiders and scorpions belong to the class Arachnida.

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Hi Leo,
that's it!!! Wow - what a phantastic close-up shot of this cool spider. I love the reflection in the eyes, excellent work, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Leo.
Beautiful and super detailed shot of this spider.
Really like to see it so close. The reflection on he eyes is very nice. You macro lens allows you to get very close.
Great post.

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-06-10 10:33]

Great macro! wonderfull eyes
Beautifull really!!!
Very well done Leo, your POV is perfect, colours and sharpness... super

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-10 10:47]

Wow, what an amazing close-up. Sharpness and details are perfect, I can even count its hairs ! Beautiful colors, good POV and composition, and wonderful reflection in the spider's eyes. It is looking directly at you ! Very well done !

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-06-10 13:16]

Beautifull shot Leo.
details are facinating. very well done macro shot!!

Amazing macro of this tiny spider's face, Leo!
The sharpness of the eyes and other features is phenomenal.
Great image.

Very good close-up, fascinating details. Congratulations.

terrific shot!
Hi Mario

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-06-10 18:44]

Veramente bella! Complimenti...

Bonjour Leo,
very ugly subject making a very beautiful picture. Very orecise too and sharp for 1 sec exposure. Congratulations!

Magnifica su toma macro estas son las que me gustan con el detalle de los ojos tan cercanos y nitidos lo pongo en mis favoritos!!!!!!

Wow, it has a lot of hair. :D

This is probably the closest close-up I've seen of a jumping spider, and it's great. The details are especially good for the 1 second exposure.

The captured light in the eyes adds an interesting character to the photo, since we rarely get to see such close up photos of spider eyes.


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