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Jumping Spiders and Awareness




Jumping Spiders, those very alert arachnids, you know, have many eyes.  Some of the eyes are at the back of the head.  Some even have extra eyes on the abdomen (i.e., their rear section).  One of the reasons that they have eyes in such places is so that they can more efficiently see moving prey (that they can capture to eat).  Another reason for having eyes in such places is that other Jumping Spiders (or other spider species or insect enemies) may try to sneak up on them (to devour them).  Seeing such “attackers” affords quick reaction involving countermeasures.  

We might think, “Oh, how very primitive these spiders are, to be attacking and killing each other with such violence.”  Our species, it can be seen, however, still often kill each other on the so-called battlefield.   “Battlefield,” by the way, is just a word or accepted term for where humans go to react ultra-violently (i.e., primitive-ass crazy).  Many of us periodically celebrate those who were the most violent, calling them “great heroes.”  We seldom celebrate — we rarely celebrate — those who were opposed to war.  (We, instead of observing through separative countries, religions, and tribes, need to observe holistically and globally — which would help to end all wars — but most of us won’t do that, because of being firmly and stagnantly stuck in separative ruts.  So the unending nonsense will continue.)  To really go beyond being primitive and violent, we must observe without all of the separations that were poured into us.   



Jumping Spider Observing … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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  1. This is so true …i agree with you …war was never kind to anyone…even after the war has been won..what’s next?..rebuilding and rehabilitation, but these too are difficult to achieve


  2. I adore the jumping spiders. Yesterday at work, I came eye to eyes with the tiniest black and white jumping spider I’ve ever seen. Adult ones are pretty common, and easy to spot, but that young’un wasn’t much larger than half the size of the head of a pin. And yet, those eyes were there, and alert — it was an amazing little encounter!


  3. I myself am terrified by spiders, even the tiniest ones. Yet at the same time they are quite fascinating. Go figure!


  4. My wife things I’m crazy because I always tell her not to kill spiders, they a predators of other insects we don’t want around. Great close-up.


  5. Primitive-ass crazy-that says it. It would be interesting to observe this spider but I admit the “jumping” part has me a bit leery.


  6. That’s a very good point you drew between wild kingdom killing and humans 😦 Also, I respect anyone who can photograph spiders that close, especially ones that jump.


    • Yes, sad but true about how crude (i.e., violent) we still are.
      Don’t give me credit for being around the jumpers. They are nothing to be concerned about, safety-wise. I was worried that this one might jump on my camera… just because it would have ruined the great position it was in. Fishing Spiders, on the other hand, are another story. One huge one penetrated my leg once and left fang marks that lasted for months. They are non-poisonous though, so no problem! 🙂


      • Either way, you are much braver than me 🙂 I respect spiders from a safe distance. Poisonous or not! 🙂

  7. I am smitten by how many eyes some of these critters have, along with their keen sense of awareness and survival skills. Thanks for the science lesson. If only we humans can take a page from the vast sense of life creation emits each day! Of course, though, I don’t like spiders and snakes (Jim Stafford, 1974)! 😀


  8. Interesting facts about the jumping spider Tom and it looks much more menacing in a macro photo, than the little striped critters I see hanging out on the storm door.


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