• its two big Anterior Median Eyes (AME) look like binoculars :-)
  • smaller anterior eye
  • tiny eye on the side
  • small eye on the side, towards the back
  • scary ! - Viadella

Eyes of the hunter

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However monstrous it seems, this is actually a small jumping spider (family: Salticidae), its head measuring only 2-3mm. This is no crop, this is 10 megapixels of gritty details!

If you think you can take it, take a deep breath, then view this photoLarge, On Black!
Notice: I cannot be held responsible if you have nightmares later, though :-)

- Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as most interesting.
- Submitted to JPG Magazine, theme "Creatures": jpgmag.com/photos/611761

Equipment used:
Canon EOS 400D + Canon EF 100mm Macro + reversely mounted Canon EF 35mm.
Click here to see a photo of this setup.
Shot at ISO:200, f/32, 1/200sec, using the camera's on-board flash, bounced on a sheet of white paper positioned behind the subject.

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 photostream.

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  1. bugman11 51 months ago | reply

    amazing capture

  2. NyFa Rotten Junior 51 months ago | reply

    I think I will be to scared to shot it ! Gorgeous

  3. IanLudwig 50 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot.

  4. hargitay. 50 months ago | reply

    I met him as well:

  5. salte84 46 months ago | reply


  6. we are star dust 45 months ago | reply

    He can see eeeevvvverrrythhhiiinnggg

  7. dar1o 45 months ago | reply

    great work!

  8. details.in.the.fabric. [deleted] 44 months ago | reply

    awsomeness is the best word to describe it, hate spiders btw but looooov the pic

  9. details.in.the.fabric. [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    I love this, can't get enough!

  10. Michael Soto2010 41 months ago | reply

    Wow that's a really good picture

  11. Milusa 38 months ago | reply

    Hi, The Spectacular Insects Group's IX contest of the month of March is "Spiders". This photo would be great for the contest. Read the rules!!!. Please consider posting this or another great photo at:

  12. belthelem 38 months ago | reply

    Excellent work!

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  13. Gislaadt Art (Still cannot write) 38 months ago | reply

    Monstruously exceptionnal !!!

  14. Omijia 37 months ago | reply

    holy shit o.O

  15. Ale summer 30 months ago | reply

    Scatto atomicooo! :O

  16. Steven BreJim 28 months ago | reply

    hi, I from Costa Rica, and just I want to say, that this pic is terrific, congratulation!!!!

  17. baerli08ww 21 months ago | reply

    I have seen this photo at:

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