Male Pelegrina galathea Jumping Spider

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    Found this little (~4mm) jumper on a cactus this morning.

    There was a large Phidippus audax female about a foot away on the same cactus, and she appeared to be eyeing him. I don't know if she was planning on pouncing and attacking him, but when I noticed she was doing the little "getting ready to pounce" dance that jumping spiders do, I decided to go ahead and try to save this little Pelgrina from being the Phidippus' next meal.

    I probably shouldn't have interfered with the situation, but I haven't had a chance to photograph a Pelegrina male in quite a while.

    The above photo isn't particularly spectacular, but it is the best I could get as this guy was quite active. Smaller jumpers tend to be quite hyper it seems, he was just bouncing around like crazy.

    Taken at ~4.5:1 magnification with a reversed 28mm at f/8 on some extension tubes.

    scubapup, jciv, e_monk, m|Bc, and 73 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. La Famiglia B.B. 79 months ago | reply

      Your shots are alwaysamazing!! Bravo!!

    2. Antje Schulte 79 months ago | reply

      I'm sure he appreciated it... :-) She sure found another meal. Wonderful shot!

    3. Puckyireth 79 months ago | reply

      Well done! its abdomen is like an abstract pic.

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    4. How about that .....! 79 months ago | reply

      Quite an attractive creature and you've captured it well!

    5. New Zealand Wild 79 months ago | reply

      Nice set of macros.
      Good work.

    6. jenofdiamond 79 months ago | reply

      Beautiful spider and wonderful captures!

    7. heyrod 79 months ago | reply

      I saw a similar situation twice Saturday with smaller jumpers running and hiding from their larger cousins. Its not safe for anybody out there:{

      Great captures and presentation.

    8. Jοey 79 months ago | reply

      Incredible work as always my friend! Love the pose and sharp detail on this little guy! Great capture.. and save! :)

    9. Ruzhyo 79 months ago | reply

      A stunning macro. Congratulations!

    10. bugsfish 79 months ago | reply

      Georgeous, nice color, composition and detaill, great shot

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    11. alysyafiq 79 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!!

    12. yann112. 79 months ago | reply

      Fantastique, it's verry beautiful, Félicitations !

      I like your Style and your Galerie !

      Amicalement.

      Yannick

    13. mcvmjr1971 79 months ago | reply

      Amazing details
      -- First seen in
      spotted cucumber beetle
      * GArDen ViSitoRs * .
      You're a welcome guest in our garden!

    14. Odephoto 79 months ago | reply

      Your Salticidae spider closeups are just gorgeous. I love it!

    15. andysulivan 79 months ago | reply

      Beautiful contrasting colors in this series

    16. yann112. 76 months ago | reply

      It has a mesmerizing this splendid spider look, I love your artistic style and your technical proficiency!
      Opo congratulations for your wonderful achievements, hat!

      Best regards

      Yanick

    17. Tome Rodrigo 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HQ Macro (invitation only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. Joseph Choo 20 months ago | reply

      You the ultimate pro and I enjoy all your photos

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