Eight eyes make me worry less about my two.

May 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Since turning forty-five, I've had to wear reading glasses as well... basically... I just can't read any small text on books or on product labels any more. It's a bit of a drag to be honest, especially for someone who has banged on and on about "using your eyes" on this website in particular.

That said, my two ageing eyes can't be in too bad shape still - I noticed a tiny wee jumping spider on our porch this afternoon in the sun. Can't have been more than 5mm long the wee thing - but notice it I did... INCLUDING the colour of its even-tinier pedipalps -and they (its pedipalps) can't have been more than 1mm long.

Yup - still got it! (Eyes-wise).

Anyway - the lovely wee jumping spider this afternoon that I spied (and then showed Ben, our eldest) was a "Sun jumper", a Heliophanus ("sun-loving") jumping spider.

If someone put a gun to my head and said name the actual species, I'd plump for Heliophanus flavipes ("yellow footed") rather than Heliophanus cupreus ("coppery") but it was certainly one of those species and a female to boot.

Anyway - a lovely, yellow-pedipalped sun jumper - and a quick, impromptu lesson into tiny jumpers for my eldest boy - who was made to stand guard and watch the spider whilst his Daddy fetched his old camera! (My actual photo below).

Hope you're all OK in this lockdown.

I'm better now that today I spotted my first swallows and swifts of the year from the back garden...

More soon perhaps.

TBR.

"Yellow-footed" jumping spider"Yellow-footed" jumping spider

 


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