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The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It
The Eyes Have It

Wolf Spider
Lycosidae

I have not nailed the species. Bug Guide had the audacity to ask for a photo of his underside but I can't get this Big Bad Wolf to "Roll over". I did teach him to "Sit" by coaxing with crickets. "Roll over" will take a while longer. I am contemplating teaching him to "Play dead" .... shoot his underside on the sole of a shoe.


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    The eight eyes of the wolf spider are arranged in three rows. The two moderate sized eyes farthest back on the carapace, known as the posterior eye row (PER). Four small eyes positioned in a horizontal row just above the chelicerae (li'l pointed thangs that form the spider's jaws) comprise the anterior eye row (AER). Two large eyes above the AER form the posterior median eyes (PME). To simplify things, just rember, the PMEs are the big suckas.
To get an idea of how many wolf spiders your lawn has on patrol wait until dark then go out on the back porch with the lights off and place a flashlight next to your temple. If you plan to stay out a while, have your spouse duct tape the flashlight to the left side of your head (right side if you're left-handed). I use a heavy four D-cell Magnum light which makes my head list to the left. I counter that by casually placing my left elbow on the chair arm with my fist under my left jaw. Look out into the grass and observe the myriad of tiny diamond-like flashes of light that reflect back to your eyes. These are, in most cases, the eyes of wolf spiders. They are out there doing your dirty work relentlessly (stomping bugs 'n stuff) while you casually enjoy the evening sipping your Armadillo Punch.

8/12/2010 6:34:29 PM

 
Ron McEwan
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Terrific in every way Jim. You do work at your art for sure.

8/12/2010 6:58:45 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Oh my goodness...whatever you got in your eye yesterday, I think transformed you to a plane that takes you to an even higher plane than you were perched on before. Not only are you an authority on 8-legged critters and the photography thereof, but now you also share a the view of a literary genius!
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This is one awesome arachnid shot!

8/13/2010 2:09:22 AM

 
Jim Baines
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When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but I was scared of spiders: but when I became a man, I put away childish things, until I retired. For now I see through a glass, clearly; realizing that spiders are pretty good li'l fellas when we go face-to-face. Now, I know in part that I can still walk in a boy's shoes, but then shall I know even as also I am known.

8/13/2010 3:31:21 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Spectacular capture!!!!!!!!!

8/13/2010 5:53:58 AM

 
Val Feldman
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Methinks thou hast imbibed too much of the armadillo punch, Tex...really? Tape a flashlight to your head???!! On second thought, it sure beats any lineup TV has to offer and what the heck, a few snorts of your armadillo punch and I'm certain I'd see plenty of diamond-like flashes of light in my lawn and about anywhere else, to boot!!!! Incredible, awesome and spectacular capture...nothing wrong with your peepers, your camera expertise nor your ability to get up-close and personal with "Wolfie". I'm all agog! :)

8/13/2010 11:15:49 AM

 
Tammy Espino
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(((STOMP))) :)

9/15/2010 12:40:43 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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He's still around!!!! Such an anwesome finalist! Congrats :)

9/15/2010 3:44:01 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your AWESOME finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!

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9/15/2010 5:44:09 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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fantastic finalist, congratulations!!!

9/16/2010 1:28:01 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

9/16/2010 3:37:34 PM

 
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WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HUGE CONGRATS on your WIN!
Best of luck in the next round!

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Thought I would get here FAST before Tammy "STOMPS" him AGAIN LOLOLOL

9/17/2010 12:10:31 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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OOOPS, (NO NEXT ROUND ROFLMAO)

9/17/2010 12:11:25 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Congrats on your win :) Stomp!

9/17/2010 12:38:48 PM

 
Val Feldman
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Drink more armadillo punch if it results in a beautiful Gold Win such as this...hey and then pass the cup over to me!!!!! Huge congratulations, T'weed...marvelous work - it doesn't get better than this!! Congrats, congrats!

9/17/2010 1:05:31 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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CONGRATZ on your fantastic Win !!!

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9/17/2010 1:53:17 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible Gold Winner, Jim! WTG!

9/17/2010 2:51:54 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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On your Second Place WINNER! 8o)

9/17/2010 3:43:00 PM

 
Liz Bullock
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Congratulations!

9/17/2010 4:18:20 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Congratulations Spider/Gloryman! You have won my awe!

9/17/2010 5:01:55 PM

 
Lorna Shutter
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WTG, Jim!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win for this incredibly AWESOME image!!!!! :)
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9/18/2010 6:26:48 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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WOW!!!!!
Outstanding capture!!!
A huge Congrats Jim for
your Awesome Winner!!!


~J~

9/18/2010 10:23:19 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Jim on this Amazing 2nd Place Win!! Jeff

9/18/2010 12:48:09 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congrats Jim on your wonderful winner.

9/19/2010 6:06:33 AM

 
Gina Cormier
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Congrats on this outstanding image Jim!!!! Just a fabulous macro!!

9/19/2010 6:40:41 AM

 
Mike Clime
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Congratulations on your winner!

9/21/2010 11:55:07 AM

 
Jane E. Kirn
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Yipeeeeee! Great going Jim. I am so happy for you. Congratulations and well deserved. I love your Wolf Spider!

9/29/2010 4:32:28 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win!!! Incredible details Jim!!

10/13/2010 3:30:42 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Jim, belated congratulations on your Win!!!


Dominick

11/9/2010 3:26:24 AM

 
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