This week I have been working in a grassy strip adjacent to an exit ramp on Annacis Island, a small industrial zone in Delta BC. One would think that there would be nothing but invasive species, litter and misery in such a place, but to my surprise, I found a great diversity of jumping spiders! Here is a selection of some of them that I photographed.
A female Phidippus looks out from a hole in the scorching concrete of a barrier rail.
I presume this elegant male is a Habronattus or Sitticus of sorts, but I am not sure what it might be. Any suggestions?
Here is a male Evarcha. This genus has some absolutely stunning eyes.
This is a male Habronattus decorus, and I am afraid my photos do not do it justice! The abdomen gleams like brushed copper in the sunlight.
These little guys seem to be great posers, and I would like to do some more shots of them soon.
This is one shot which captures the metallic copper abdomen.
I believe this is the female Habronattus decorus, and she too has some coppery gleam, but is more camouflaged than the male.
I have both of these in petri dishes now, so I will try to introduce them after they have had a feed.
What a great haul of spiders! I did not mention any of the great number of Synageles I saw, but will definitely post some shots when I get them!
Wonderful characters they are, and lovely pictures. Thank you.
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