Help! I’ve Climbed Up and I Can’t Get Down!

Poor Javier. He found himself on top of the backside of the outdoor love seat. He scrambled back and forth looking for a way down for better hunting grounds. Jumping spiders are active hunters and don’t weave webs. Instead, they use a silk tether to leap to their destination or prey. If that leap doesn’t work out, they climb back up. I saw poor Javier jump 3 times off the back of the chair exactly 6″ each time and each time he chickened out going any farther and climbed back up. An impatient subject, he merely tolerated my big lens. For the imposition of capturing his portrait during his distress, I helped him find a better hunting spot in one of my potted plants. I hope he repays me by eating a mosquito or yellow jacket. Bon Appetite Javier!

3 Replies to “Help! I’ve Climbed Up and I Can’t Get Down!”

  1. Does Javier have 4 eyes? He’s quite a handsome fellow. Ask him if he likes earwigs. We have a plethora with all the rain and then brush clearing. An all you can eat buffet.

  2. Spiders creep me out especially the bigger ones but I will go out of my way to rescue them if they’re in trouble or shoo them away to safety.

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