salticidae. have not identified species.
rokkor 100mm f/3.5 macro with 1:1 tube, vivitar 2x macro teleconverter, yn-560 speedlight
Feeding time! Another salticid, the third one of the day. I think this one’s a juvenile. It was so small that I didn’t think it was a spider at first.
It was tough getting shots of this one. It was in a weird place in the herb garden–on the side of a pot that was behind and between two others, and near the ground. My usual shooting rig was too long to get a good angle :(. This particular salticid, maybe because it was feeding, would do an about-face every time I was able to get the camera in front of it. If you’ve seen Idiocracy, “F you, I’m eating!” If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do.
I got shots I was happy with, and then decided I’d just watch it for a bit. Maybe a minute after I stopped shooting an ant started harassing the spider. It would run up, nip at a leg, and send the spider running. Over and over again. I was honestly wondering why the spider didn’t just eat the ant. I guess that’s just not the way things work…