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Phiddipus mystaceus

Jumping spiders are easily distinguished from other spiders by their four big eyes on the face and four smaller eyes on top of the head. Jumping spiders are charming li'l buggers that look up and watch you. Although a jumping spider can jump more than fifty times its body length, none of its legs has enlarged muscles. The power for jumping comes from a quick contraction of muscles in the front part of the body increasing the blood pressure, which causes the legs to extend rapidly much as the hydraulics in a low-rider car.

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Jim Baines
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
    The species name is derived from the Ancient Greek mystax, meaning "moustache" which the females of this species feature. An older synonym of the species is P. asinarius, referring to the markings above the eyes that look similar to donkey ears.
Phidippus mystaceus is perhaps the most colorful of all the jumping spiders. It is this spider that offers the photographer the best chance of capturing images of the spider's retina, which is not fixed in place like our own. The jumping spider's retina is moveable. Because the retina is the darkest part of the eye, you can sometimes look into the eye of a jumping spider and see it changing color as it moves to follow your actions. When it is darkest, you know the spider is looking straight at you because then you are looking down into its retina.

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2/8/2011 10:36:37 AM

Merna L. Nobile
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2003

Hi Jim: I am so impressed at all the effort you have put into this photograph. We now know about the "Jumping Spider" and the beauty that nature bestowed upon it. Your image of the Jumping Spider is definitely a masterpiece, and I will be looking for you in the winner's circle. CONGRATULATIONS, Merna

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2/8/2011 11:48:50 AM

Jack Gaskin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/2/2007

Wonderful Macro but I'm probably going to see this face every time I close my eyes the next few days.

As ALWAYS I enjoy learning something new when you post one of the little critters. WELL DONE

Happy Shooting

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2/8/2011 12:42:26 PM

Tammy Espino
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2007

(((STOMP)))) :)

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2/8/2011 12:54:20 PM

Tammy M. Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/13/2007
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Fabulous details and close-up, Jim. Interesting info too.

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2/8/2011 2:25:08 PM

Ron McEwan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2008

Golly Jim you sure nailed this close up and the information is so informative WTG

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2/8/2011 3:18:59 PM

Michelle Alton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2007

This is exceptional, as are all of your bug shots. Tell us where you found this little bugger?

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2/9/2011 3:41:03 AM

Lisa J. Boulden
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2006
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Outstanding close-up with great detail and clarity!

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9/28/2011 4:45:38 AM

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