Eight-Legged Cats and How They See

Carrhotus Spider

The common name for salticids is jumping spiders and many are indeed phenomenal leapers. However, jumping alone is not what distinguishes salticids from other spiders. What makes salticids special is their unique, complex eyes and acute eyesight, not leaping prowess. Salticids have large anterior medial eyes that give them an almost catlike appearance. No other … Read more Eight-Legged Cats and How They See

Ant-Like Crab Spider – Amyciaea forticeps

Ant-Like Crab Spider - Amyciaea forticeps

In nature size matters. But the brain can outwit brawn. All spiders are efficient, but small predators. Spiders have evolved a range of predatory behaviours that allow them to evade and deceive several of their prey. This crab spider outwits ants by mimicking them and living amongst them so that it can feed on them. … Read more Ant-Like Crab Spider – Amyciaea forticeps

Hamadruas Spider

Hamadruas Spider

I found this Hamadruas spider in my garden waiting for the prey. Hamadruas is a genus of lynx spider family Oxyopidae with Indo-Malayan distribution. Most Lynx spider species make little use of webs, instead spending their lives as hunting spiders on plants. Many species frequent flowers in particular, ambushing pollinators. I used Canon EOS 5DS … Read more Hamadruas Spider

Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

I found this female Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver spider Gastercantha cf geminata on a leaf at Kadri Park, Mangalore. Spiny orb-weavers is a common name for Gasteracantha, a genus of spiders. They are also commonly called Spiny-backed orb-weavers, due to the prominent spines on their abdomen. Spiny Orb-Weaver spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm … Read more Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

White Lynx Spider

White Lynx Spider

I found this female white Lynx spider Oxyopes cf shweta on a leaf at Kadri Park, Mangalore. Oxyopes cf shweta, commonly known as White Lynx Spider, belongs to the genus Oxyopes, in the family Oxyopidae. I was using Canon EOS 6D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens with Godox Ving … Read more White Lynx Spider

Carrhotus Spider

Carrhotus Spider

I captured this Carrhotus Spider on a leaf at Mala near Karkala. It had rained a little while before the shoot. Water drops were still all around its silken cell. I was using Canon EOS 5D Mark IV fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM with Godox Ving V860C II E-TTL Li-ion Camera … Read more Carrhotus Spider

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