2014 Small World

Jumping Spider Eyes

Jumping Spider Eyes, Third Place Winner of the 2014 Nikon Small World
Image: Noah Fram-Schwartz

The winners of the 2014 Nikon Small World photo contest have been announced. Arthropod photos frequent the top 20 list. Third place was awarded to an image of jumping spider eyes by Noah Fram-Schwartz. Unlike the compound eyes of adult insects that contain multiple lenses, spiders have simple eyes with a single lens that focuses on multiple receptors. Unlike human eyes, the spider eyes do not have eye lids. They are always open. The lenses of arthropods are made of cuticle, an acellular material that is secreted by the underlying cells.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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