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Posted by
dobbino (Cape Town, South Africa) on 2 March 2009 in Animal & Insect.

Jacqui has been watching this little fellow grow larger and larger over many months. During daylight hours he lives in exactly the same location, between two bricks on the south-facing wall of our home, though at night he ventures out onto a very basic web close by. We believe it to be a fly catching jumping spider, but I have not been able to verify this via the Internet, nor via my South African wildlife books (Nicholas - can you help?).
Anyway, from a tiny insect to something that is now quite large (the body seems to be between 10 and 15mm), he has lived in the same spot and has no aversion whatsoever to being photographed close-up. Mind you, he did have quite a large meal to contend with on the day. Not sure what it is, but I think it's the remains of a bee.
And while he may not be dangerous to humans, tell that to the thing that is being devoured!

Title, of course, from the song by Michael Jackson

Canon EOS 40D 1/25 second F/16.0 ISO 1600 60 mm

All images © Rob Minter, and licensed in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

HAPPY ANIVERSARY to you both for the other day...I hope you had a lovely day:-) and many more years to come:-)
Not being a spider fan at all, I could have winsed at this and turned away...but, the fact he is so stable, consistent and reliable was just too much to ignore:-) lol!

2 Mar 2009 6:16am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Brilliant shot. Wish I could help but it looks like the extremely poisonous Wandering Spider (EEK!) or the Orb Weaver but the Orb Weaver would have an easily identifiable orb.

2 Mar 2009 6:27am

@Nicholas: Hi Nicholas - I think you are correct in thinking this might be the orb spider. He spins his web at night (it's quite extensive), but by daylight there are just one or two strands left. the closest photo I have been able to find is this one. Looks very similar to me.

zOOm from Paris, France

Wow ! Really awful indeed !

2 Mar 2009 12:04pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I shivered a bit, but WOW what a photo :)

2 Mar 2009 2:18pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Thats a great, creepy shot. Nice one Rob,

2 Mar 2009 6:50pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

I am thrilled that Moses was so happy. I HATE spiders and this one is giving me goose bumps the idea that it might jump does not fill me with thrills either. I think you are incredibly brave getting this close for your superb but gross photo

2 Mar 2009 8:43pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Yikes!!! I would not want that residing in the wall of my house. I don't have a problem with spiders but...He a rather large one and he jumps???

What a fabulous shot though.

3 Mar 2009 1:43am

Madeleine from Nassawadox, United States

Ykes!!! Great shot :)

15 Mar 2009 7:21pm

Canon EOS 40D
1/25 second
ISO 1600
60 mm