One of the pluses of hanging laundry outside — besides that lovely clean small — is the surprises you find when you reel in your clothes.
Yesterday it was this wee jumping spider. She (he?) was sitting in the sun on top of a sheet. As I tried to gather her to safety she spun herself down on a delicate silk thread and landed on the deck.
These little guys personify cuteness. Even some folks who hate spiders grudgingly admit an interest in them.
Get up close to one (how could anything this small hurt the monster that is you?) and you’ll find them curious, turning to look at you and watching your movements.
The spider I found is not colourful — beige, blonde and black easily blend in with the wooded area where I found her.
If you want colour, check out peacock jumping spiders.
Australian Jurgen Otto has earned a wide following for his study of these psychedelically coloured arachnids — especially since he started adding music to their “dances”.
Jumping spider Pelegrina flavipes ?