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Portia Jumping Spider by melvynyeo Portia Jumping Spider by melvynyeo
A very smart spider :) Taken at night in Singapore.

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Portia is a genus of jumping spider which feeds on other spiders (araneophagic). They are remarkable for their intelligent hunting behaviour which suggests they are capable of learning and problem solving, traits normally attributed to much larger animals.

Portias often hunt in ways that seem intelligent.[2] Their favorite prey appears to be web-building spiders between 10% and 200% of the Portia’s size. Portias look like leaf detritus caught in a web, and this is often enough to fool web-building spiders, which have poor eyesight.[2] When stalking web-building spiders, Portias try to make different patterns of vibrations in the web that aggressively mimic the struggle of a trapped insect or the courtship signals of a male spider, repeating any pattern that induces the intended prey to move towards the Portia.[3] Portia fimbriata has been observed to perform vibratory behavior for three days until the victim decided to investigate.[4] They time invasions of webs to coincide with light breezes that blur the vibrations their approach causes in the target's web; and they back off if the intended victim responds belligerently. Portias that retreat may approach along an overhanging twig or rock, descend down a silk thread and kill the prey. Other jumping spiders take detours, but Portia is unusual in its readiness to use long detours that break visual contact.

Laboratory studies show that Portia learns very quickly how to overcome web-building spiders that neither it nor its ancestors would have met in the wild. Portia’s accurate visual recognition of potential prey is an important part of its hunting tactics. For example in one part of the Philippines local Portia spiders attack from the rear against the very dangerous spitting spiders, which themselves hunt jumping spiders. This appears to be an instinctive behavior, as laboratory-reared Portias of this species do this the first time they encounter a spitting spider. On the other hand they will use a head-on approach against spitting spiders that are carrying eggs. However, experiments that pitted Portias against "convincing" artificial spiders with arbitrary but consistent behavior patterns showed that Portia’s instinctive tactics are only starting points for a trial-and-error approach from which these spiders learn very quickly.[3] Nonetheless, they seem to be relatively slow "thinkers", as they solve tactical problems by using brains vastly smaller than mammalian predators'.[2] Against other jumping spiders, which also have excellent vision, Portias may mimic fragments of leaf litter detritus. When close to biting range, Portias use different combat tactics against different prey spiders. On the other hand they simply stalk and rush unarmed prey such as flies,[5] and also capture prey by means of sticky webs.
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Superovermind Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, love these little guys. This pic makes me think "Locked, loaded, and ready to rock" ^^ I don't know why, it just seems like the type of spider, ya know? Fricken 007 of Jumpers
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Dan-S-T Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Small but I believe with a large appetite, one of these appeared on Monster Bug Wars and had a Long-Jawed Orb Weaver for tea.
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eddyslilsis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a cutie! Look at that face! <3
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Crawdadbisc Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There's something owl-like about him... And his little hairs are spectacular. I am loving your work... 
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GaleSpider Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! Looks like the Spider is shocked about something. :D Nice photo!
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Imagine how intelligent they could get if they could grow bigger...
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
And dangerous! :)
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They even have some kind of complex body language!
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a-map Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^    ^
oOOo
_ w _

I make a spider face
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Ahh, the portia. The genius of the invertebrate world. This one sure seems to have an inquisitive expression with its big, ponderous eyes. Great front shot of this spider. 
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Billythehog Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
:D

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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
big eyes! :)
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Knight585 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I love jumping spiders! Excellent work =]
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igarcia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
She is perfectly beautiful.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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OmnivoreArt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Your work is spectacular. I had the privilege of living in Australia for 4 years and got to see some amazing insects/arachnids. I also really appreciate the information you add in your posts. You clearly love your subject matter. Have you seen Microcosmose the film?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Yes, i saw that documentary... amazing videography
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Klauzero Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   Digital Artist
I love spiders. I have three in my window. They eat insects and so i sleep glad!
Yeah, i know. I'm sinister! 
B-) (Cool) Devilish 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:)
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MarSourire Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Scared the hell out of me hahaha
Well done!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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:iconjackobi:
Jackobi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't need this in my life.
Very good photograph, but I don't like the subject's existence.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:) :( Thank you! :)
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a1samurai Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That photo is ridiculously good. Did you somehow create a Portia Spider robot that you mounted a camera on so you could get this one to pose?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Haha.... Jumping spider are a curious lot so its not difficult to get a shot.
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a1samurai Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even so that's a damn good shot considering the focus and closeness of it all. :)
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Pyrovilekiller Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT STARES INTO YOUR SOUL.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Indeed :) Thank you! :)
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THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm not getting much of a friendly vibe fro this dude.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Haha :)
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture. Wonderful done!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome!
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ColdCity Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
:)
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bearfighter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Spiders are awesome. Great picture and very interesting read! Thank you for that :D
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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CaptainMasked Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Amazing.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool, excellent perspective!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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pixiequeen28 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014

Supremely creepy looking when magnified.


Kind of cute compared to other arachnids, though.

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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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K4Katrin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I am glad I don't have these in my back yard! :) Great shot.... P.S. Where did you photograph this one?
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
In Singapore forest :)
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scarecrow2003 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think he takes them all in Singapore
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GraphiteOnPaper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really great colors there
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Au-79 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
|Jealous|
Extremely jealous
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Haha :) Thank you! :)
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