Jumping spider, Köpmanholmen, Sweden by Gustav Parenmark

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At my grandparents place in northern Sweden there are loads of arthropods and invertebrates. Every summer when I have the opportunity to be there, I go out in the woods every day to look for all sorts of wildlife. Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes I don’t, but I always have luck with these ones. The jumping spiders. I often find them crawling on the walls of the house looking for a meal, but this one I found among the flowers and bushes. This particular one is a female bowed jumping spider (Evarcha Arcuata) and this is the most common specie in this area. Jumping spiders are often very curious and they can often jump towards the lens because they see their own reflection. This one was very cooperative and thanks to that, I got really close and was able to get a nice shot of it, with purple flowers both in the fore- and background!

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