Phidippus octopunctatus
Jumping Spider

large jumping spider
This spider was walking around the base of a sunflower but it hid in a vertical position when it saw me
watching it and attempting to get a photograph.  I don't how I got this in focus, but it worked.  It's ironic
that having never seen one of  these before, I came upon another one
the same day in a different area
on Antelope Island .  © Carol Davis, 7-23-2009

phidippus spider
Phidippus octopunctatus is an interesting spider that's found throughout the Great Basin desert.  According to one page I read,
this spider builds a prominent nest in a bush to hold its egg sac.  This second picture now makes me a little curious.  I don't
know if the spider was alive or dead, but it wasn't moving and it was actually hanging upside-down (just flip this photo).  Was
it in the bush doing yoga and meditating on making a nest or was it deceased.  I'll never know. © Carol Davis, 7-23-2009

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