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Jumping Spider (Female)

Brettus anchorum

Description:

A tiny jumping spider protecting its egg sac on the underside of a leaf . it took a fiercely defensive position as i approached the sac to click pics ,note the way it is just hanging with two legs wile the other legs are braced together. I have rotated the first pic so as to get a better look at the eggs and the way such a tiny little jumper is protecting them. The eggs are covered with a jelly like material which in turn is covered with a sticky web.



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33 Comments (1–25)

Atul
Atul 5 years ago

Thank you so much Lauren :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Really wonderful series!

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Thanks Dave :)

folicallychalled
folicallychalled 6 years ago

Brilliant series.

Dave

Atul
Atul 6 years ago

Thank you Phillip . Sumukha and chief :)

PhilipChen
PhilipChen 6 years ago

wonderful

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 6 years ago

I had not observed the moulting in last pic..! This is Fantastic Atul..:-)

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Most welcome Sergio, these guys are really interesting and hard to find .

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

That is an amazing series Atul, I am glad you shared it with us. Thank you.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Interesting update.

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

And thanks ChunXingWong and Ashish for the comment.

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

UPDATE :
the portia spiderlings have shed their coat and are ready to go out in the wild ....... The female was nearby still aggressively guarding them .

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Right said.. Chun.. its rare spotting all the way..!!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Oh, they have already hatched !
Hope this becomes the SOTD.

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Thank you guys!
@ Ashish these spiders are one of the most intelligent species of spiders in the family Salticidae.They are capable of learning and problem solving, traits normally attributed to much larger animals ( Wikipedia)
and as i have said in the notes it takes a defensive position as i go near it.it has been this way for the past 8- 10 days.
but today was different ,as i approached to take pics initially it saw me n took the defensive position but later settled down to give me this particular pose.Guess it got used to me.

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 7 years ago

Wow..! Fantastic Atul..:-)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Pose of spider is very important when she looks after her nymphs...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Lovely spot Atul...!!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Awesome update! Thanks for sharing this doc!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

UPDATE pic uploaded showing newly hatched spiders
approx after 13 days these newly hatched spiderlings seen around the female portia.The Female was still guarding the babies and has shrunk a lot , my guess is she hasn't left the eggs from the day she has laid them.

adarsha.joisa
adarsha.joisa 7 years ago

Great spotting!

Ken Ken
Ken Ken 7 years ago

Wa~Amazing~!!!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Super cool spider!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

Thanks Karen and Jolly!

Atul
Spotted by
Atul

Maharashtra, India

Lat: 19.88, Long: 72.69

Spotted on May 31, 2012
Submitted on May 31, 2012

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