The Eyes Have It

© Jim Baines

The Eyes Have It

Jim Baines level-classic 8/12/2010 6:34:29 PM

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.


Ron McEwan 8/12/2010 6:58:45 PM

Terrific in every way Jim. You do work at your art for sure. #8823797

Michelle Alton 8/13/2010 2:09:22 AM

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!
This is one awesome arachnid shot! #8824187

Jim Baines level-classic 8/13/2010 3:31:21 AM

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.

Gina Cormier level-classic 8/13/2010 5:53:58 AM

Spectacular capture!!!!!!!!! #8824606

Val Feldman level-classic 8/13/2010 11:15:49 AM

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! :) #8825213

Tammy Espino level-classic 9/15/2010 12:40:43 PM

(((STOMP))) :) #8902312

Tammy Espino level-classic 9/15/2010 3:44:01 PM

He's still around!!!! Such an anwesome finalist! Congrats :) #8903263

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 9/15/2010 5:44:09 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on your AWESOME finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!

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Stefania Barbier level-classic 9/16/2010 1:28:01 AM

fantastic finalist, congratulations!!! #8907172

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 9/16/2010 3:37:34 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8910033

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 9/17/2010 12:10:31 PM


Best of luck in the next round!


Thought I would get here FAST before Tammy "STOMPS" him AGAIN LOLOLOL #8912751

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 9/17/2010 12:11:25 PM


Tammy Espino level-classic 9/17/2010 12:38:48 PM

Congrats on your win :) Stomp! #8912879

Val Feldman level-classic 9/17/2010 1:05:31 PM

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! #8913002

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 9/17/2010 1:53:17 PM

CONGRATZ on your fantastic Win !!!

UB. #8913238

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 9/17/2010 2:51:54 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible Gold Winner, Jim! WTG! #8913372

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 9/17/2010 3:43:00 PM

On your Second Place WINNER! 8o) #8913551

Liz blahh level-classic 9/17/2010 4:18:20 PM

Congratulations! #8913668

Michelle Alton level-classic 9/17/2010 5:01:55 PM

Congratulations Spider/Gloryman! You have won my awe! #8913803

Lorna Shutter level-classic 9/18/2010 6:26:48 AM

WTG, Jim!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win for this incredibly AWESOME image!!!!! :)
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Jeana Clark level-classic 9/18/2010 10:23:19 AM

Outstanding capture!!!
A huge Congrats Jim for
your Awesome Winner!!!

~J~ #8915688

Jeff Robinson level-classic 9/18/2010 12:48:09 PM

Congrats Jim on this Amazing 2nd Place Win!! Jeff #8915993

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 9/19/2010 6:06:33 AM

Congrats Jim on your wonderful winner. #8917280

Gina Cormier level-classic 9/19/2010 6:40:41 AM

Congrats on this outstanding image Jim!!!! Just a fabulous macro!! #8917339

Mike Clime level-classic 9/21/2010 11:55:07 AM

Congratulations on your winner! #8922141

Jane E. Kirn level-classic 9/29/2010 4:32:28 PM

Yipeeeeee! Great going Jim. I am so happy for you. Congratulations and well deserved. I love your Wolf Spider! #8937591

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 10/13/2010 3:30:42 PM

Congratulations on your win!!! Incredible details Jim!! #8964664

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 11/9/2010 3:26:24 AM

Jim, belated congratulations on your Win!!!

Dominick #9022547

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Wolf Spider

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.

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/2500 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D200

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Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera

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