Eyes of the hunter

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© Stavros Markopoulos
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UploadedApril 15, 2008
TakenMay 11, 2007
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Exposure1/200 sec at f/32
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length100 mm
ISO200
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However monstrous it seems, this is actually a small jumping spider (family: Salticidae), its head measuring only 2-3mm.

Salticid vision:

The most fascinating feature of jumping spiders (aka. salticids) are their eyes. They have excellent vision, with among the highest acuities in invertebrates. Their eight eyes are arranged in such a way that makes them easily recognizable among other spider families: grouped four on the face (the two big Anterior Median eyes in the middle, and two smaller Anterior Lateral eyes to the side), and four on top of the carapace (two medium-sized eyes toward the back, and two very small eyes in front of them).

Read more about how they function, in this comprehensive article (complete with diagrams), by Wayne Maddison, on the Tree of Life web project: Jumping Spider Vision.

I also recommend checking out this article by Anna Mitros, to see how this biological feature can inspire and motivate a scientist working on Visual Sensors: Vibrating Retina.

Click here for more photos of jumping spiders in my flickr photostream.If you're interested on the macro setup I used to take this shot, click here for a photo and detailed description.

14 responses

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (15 Apr 2008):

    Great macro work. Sweet point of focus.

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum gave props (17 Apr 2008):

    Awesome image! Nicely done....

  • chris wigmore

    chris wigmore gave props (18 Apr 2008):

    superb crispness

  • Adam Kassner

    Adam Kassner said (18 Apr 2008):

    I'm sure that image will find its way into my nightmares soon :) excellent capture

  • kansu doğan

    kansu doğan (Deleted) gave props (23 Apr 2008):

    Awsome macro!!! TFS!

  • lauren smith

    lauren smith said (3 May 2008):

    horrifingly perfect

  • Nick Edens

    Nick Edens gave props (17 May 2008):

    Really great job!

  • Ray Chiarello

    Ray Chiarello (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2008):

    Mind-blowing macro.

  • Jamie Wilson-Hull

    Jamie Wilson-Hull gave props (23 May 2008):

    Really WILD capture! Love it! Hope that you had a really good zoom lens because there is no way that I'd get within a hundred yards of one! *grin*

  • Nicholas Hendrickx

    Nicholas Hendrickx gave props (25 May 2008):

    Awesome macro!

  • Coyote

    Coyote said (25 May 2008):

    I love jumping spiders. They look like Jeeps with those 'headlights.'

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (30 May 2008):

    This is too cool!

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