I used to have something of a reputation for taking (very) close-up photographs of tiny jumping spiders. They’re very photogenic after all, with a pair of huge forward-facing (anterior median) eyes making them look quite errr…. cute, in a Shrek’s Puss-in-boots sort of way.
Not this one though.
I was flicking through some very old photographs yesterday, looking at jumping spider snaps in particular, and found this one below.
I must have missed this shot back in the summer of 2008, when I took it.
I thought it was a tiny (normal) female zebra (jumping) spider that I had photographed – but look closer – one of her big eyes seems to be…. well…. GLOWING?!
Just a thought.
There is one other record of a jumping spider photographed with a glowing red eye I've discovered - from Greece of all countries, but I haven't actually been allowed to see the photograph due to their Government restrictions on classified documents.
I don’t take many photos of jumping spiders these days, (I don’t seem to have time to take many photos at all in actual fact), but I think I’ll be looking verrrry closely at any jumping spiders I see this year.
I suggest you do too…