Males of a newly discovered species of jumping spiders have been filmed playing peek-a-boo with potential mates. Not all females are receptive to this playful courtship -- females who have mated before will chase off suitors while virgin females hook-up almost immediately.
Jumping spiders learn to distinguish a color -- red, in this case -- in order to suss out whether their prey is toxic or actually a really toothsome bit that nonetheless contains the color red, which is often associated with toxic creatures. This means the spiders can live longer and continue to manage agricultural pests, such as caterpillars, beetles and flies.
On an island (no, not *that* island) of New York City that has 12,300 acres of protected park land, resident Lawrence Pugliares is known for his sharp and story-full shots of nesting eagles and osprey along the waterfronts--and photos of insects that express both wit and respect.