Hunkered down on the cement walkway to the visitor’s building at Natural Bridge State Park in North Adams, I was happily shooting some camouflaged looper larvae — caterpillars who dress up in pieces of vegetation! —on some landscaped flowers along the path. I have to say, these loopers are tough to shoot with their fluffy clothing; there aren’t a lot of flat edges on dressed up caterpillars. I leaned back and took a deep breath to stem the frustration, when I looked down and saw a jumping spider looking back up at me from my pants. That was a pick me up! Especially with such a neat species — check out those elongated, horizontally-held chelicerae — that I don’t often find. I didn’t get as many shots as I’d hoped (I was still a bit stuck on the loopers), but I managed this one on my finger. I put the spider on the flowers but it disappeared on me more quickly than I expected, I guess. I went back to the loopers, and after many more shots I think I may have gotten some usable ones. Those will have to wait for a future post however.