The handrails of the footbridge at Natural Bridge State Park are abundant with jumping spiders. One of the particularly interesting species is Hentzia palmarum, the male in particular. Its large forelegs and elongated jaws and fangs are quite striking, along with its orange and white-banded face. The females look quite a bit different, being light-colored, having less prominent jaws and forelegs, as well as a different pattern on the abdomen. I may or may not have a photo of one — a lot of unidentified shots in the archive!
Enjoy the pretty boy here. A couple more photos after jump; I like each one for different reasons, not sure which one works best, though you can see that rogue loose hair on the eye at the right side in the face/portrait shot.
2 thoughts on “Do You Work Out? (Hentzia palmarum jumping spider)”
Very nice capture, Michael. That loose hair on the eye…I wonder if the female Hentzia palmarum really dig it? Maybe it’ll be passed on to the offspring. :)
Ha! I don’t think spiders like losing hair any more than people, but I’m just a dumb human so what do I know. :)