Every so often I notice these little spiders
most often on a building. They usually
run away while I approach, but this time I managed to slip my
hand in the spiders path and briefly block it's escape. It's spider
is small enough to sit on my fingertip.
The next time you want to get rid of a spider on your home or office,
remember these little grey wall jumpers. They're small, they're afraid
of people, and they're great little guards who catch and consume other
less welcome bugs that might try to come through that door or window
instead of just living near it.
It's a shy Menemerus bivittatus spider (I think.) I've found that
the best time to take their picture is when they're eating.
See the dead moth in the palm of my hand?
It's an odd angle, but I wanted to show the un-cropped photo to
illustrate how very small the little brown moth
got upset when I got too close while taking pictures of it
enjoying its meal, and it dropped the moth
They seem particularly fond of flies and small bugs like this
The metallic green bug that the spider is eating is a
. Here's another fly:
I've been able to photograph the female Menemerus bivittatus quite a few
times, but the males have hidden somewhat quicker. Here's a male trying
to duck out of sight:
The male was on the same window as the spider eating the green fly; they
seemed to be a couple.