Spiders and Scorpions

Green Jumping Spider

We bought our daughters some Canon cameras that were on special and they have been snapping everything that moves or doesn’t. They insisted that I put their best pictures on my blog and I could do nothing but agree. Hope you like this first of many from our eldest, Kira.
This particular spider is possibly a Magnolia Green Jumping Spider. Its scientific name would then be Lyssomanes viridis and comes from the family Oxyopidae. The jumping spiders forage for their prey in the daytime. They approach prey slowly and, when a short distance away, make a sudden leap onto the unfortunate animal. They are good jumpers and can leap many times their own body length.

Green Jumping Spider

Miniature Jumping Spider

While wondering outside minding my own business, a small movement caught my eye. This was the smallest jumping spider I had ever seen, less than 5mm in size. In order to get a shot of this little critter, utmost patience was required. This spider just did not want to have its picture taken. Eventually after many blurred shots through my DCR 250 lens, I caught a near-unusable picture of this menace. If anyone can tell me the exact name of this spider, it would be appreciated. On further investigation it turned out that this is a Portia Spider, one of the most intelligent spiders of them all. They are also known as the Dandy Jumping Spider.

Portia Spider