The jumping spiders are the most diverse and abundant spider family in the world, with over 500 genera and over 5000 species, my reference is the excellent site arachne.org. With the weather now warmer they are out and about, and I’ve had two trips looking for them as well as numerous walks around the garden with the camera. The first trip was with Mitch of the Woolenook Native Nursery, and we found several species including Maratus plumosus, the Blue-thighed Peacock Jumping Spider, a tiny spider only about 3 mm long, and hard to spot and keep track of as it hops about in the leaf litter and sticks where it likes to hunt.
Around the garden the jumpers are of more sober appearance, but just as interesting. This one was living in a dendrobium orchid pot plant. From arachne.org again, those two big central eyes are unique to the family and are 4x zoom lenses. Maybe that’s why they seem to be so interested in the camera lens, comparing technology!
Leaving the jumpers for now, two-tailed spiders, Tamopsis species are again common on the garden trees. The final three images show one at its lurking location, then a female and a male close up, note the difference in the pedipalps.
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