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Jumping spider        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Unlike web-weaving spiders, jumping spiders rely on stealth, ambush, and athleticism to catch prey. They have excellent vision and superb leaping abilities (powered by a hydraulic leg-extension mechanism). This one was lurking in a Calochortus blossom in Monterey County, California.
            Images of other jumping spiders are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

  • Nikon F3, 90mm macro lens with 2X converter, Kodachrome 64