Friday, March 19, 2010

Jumping Spider (Naphrys pulex)

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This is a male Naphrys pulex jumping spider. This spider comes from a tribe named Euophryini, which is spread out all over the world. North America has four described species. In fact its genus name "Naphrys" is actually a contraction for ""North American Euophrys".

This is the most widely-distributed Naphrys in eastern North America, found from the East Coast to wooded areas in the tall grass prairies west of the Mississippi River. N. pulex can be very common in mesic hardwood forests, at or near the ground in leaf litter, on rocky outcrops, on bark, or on buildings.

Raynox DCR-150 and Raynox DCR-250, stacked and mounted on my Panasonic Lumix FZ8.

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