Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Small Garden Jumping Spider

Posted by Darren on March 30, 2011

This small jumping spider (Opisthoncus polyphemus) is one of the most common jumping spider species that I see around the garden.  They are common amongst the palms and lillipillies, and can be quite well camouflaged.  I often seen them stalking small flies amongst the leaves, often approaching from underneath surrounding foliage before making a very fast jumping strike.  I quite often spot the unlucky fly first, and when approaching to take a photo, find that it is hanging from the jaws of one of these little spiders.

One Response to “Small Garden Jumping Spider”

  1. He is actually very pretty. I don’t see anything dangling in this picture so hunting must be slow for this little guy today.

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