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Here's another portrait (and the last one I swear) of the bold we found in some grapes we bought, She's a little Christmas miracle :) it's been a long winter without all the little invertebrates out and about and having her around helped take the edge off.
Here's a portrait of a very lucky bold jumping spider (phidippus audax) that was found in a bag of grapes we bought from our local grocery store. What are the chances right? Turns out she came all the way from the west coast which is an incredible journey for this little daredevil, especially in the winter. I was very happy to come across her and even happier to have a little photoshoot.
Asian ladybeetle (harmonia axyridis) This species was introduced to North America and Europe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a biological control agent which targeted aphids and scale insects that damage crops. They also make quite the appearance around October which earns them the nickname Halloween ladybeetle. That's just one name of many; other names include harlequin ladybeetle, pumkin ladybird, and in the UK the "many-named ladybird".
Female pelegrina proterva. #jumpingspiderday2018. One of my favorite days of the year °•●●•°
Female Dark fishing spider (dolomedes tenebrosus). Notice anything peculiar about this little lady? The green leg makes you wonder what trials and tribulation these spiders go through on a daily basis out in the wild. Luckily through molting the leg was able to regenerate, which in my opinion is an amazing ability in the animal kingdom. Though it's not quite perfect yet being green and all, it made me realize how amazing these creatures can be with the abilities they posses. They're like little superheroes :)
Long-legged fly (Dolichopodidae). I couldn't get a solid ID on this particular insect... but who cares! It's for #im_flyweek :)
Pelegrina proterva. Seeking refuge from the cold in a folded leaf.. Good luck little buddy.
Zebra jumping spider (salticus scenicus). Today we had a few snowflakes come down and it was mildly depressing, I'm already running low on my winter photo reserve... Luckily I'll have all you macro photographers from warmer climates to keep me motivated!
Female pelegrina proterva. One trait that sets jumping spiders apart from other invertebrates, is their exceptional vision. Like most arachnids, this is achieved by having eight eyes, the two larger ones in front are called the anterior medial eyes and the two smaller ones on each side of those are the anterior lateral eyes, the four located on the cephalothorax gives the spider almost 360° vision. This unique characteristic (besides being systematic and cunning hunters) is what makes these spiders such formidable predators.
Female Tan jumping spider (platycryptus undatus). Sometimes you get lucky and find a jumper eating prey, which usually means it will stand still long enough for you to snap a few photos.

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