(4 Nov 2016) Despite being small, about 10 mm, ‘Mopsus Mormon’ it is the largest Australian jumping spider, found from the tropics to as far south as Coffs Harbour. This is a female, featuring a red and white “mask”; the males have a very black face and front. These spiders have bizarre sex, with courtship rituals including leg waving, toe-tapping, abdomen twerking and wing flapping.
Jumping spiders form the biggest spider family in the world. The secret of their evolutionary success is the couple of huge eyes, which function as tele lenses, enlarging four times. It makes them very successful hunters. Green Jumping spiders are fast and aggressive, hunting actively on foliage in the day time, well camouflaged by their green colour. A few days after taking the first picture (above) I saw another female, this time having lunch (below). At the bottom of the page an even smaller specimen: the 8 mm ‘large’ garden jumping spider.
A relatively easy subject, present during warm days with bright light. Not camera-shy at all, on the contrary, constantly looking into the lens. f/5.6 delivers just enough depth of field, and allowed for 1/60 of a second exposure. Because of the leaf movements in the wind, a longer exposure time was not possible. ISO 100 to get maximum quality of film. I used my major companions on spider photo shoots: the 60 mm macro lens and of course a tripod.