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Phid! | by Doundounba
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A gorgeous Phidippus jumping spider (most likely Phidippus audax) in the backyard. This is the largest jumping spider (Salticidae) that I've ever spotted in the backyard. I'll be posting more shots soon, but I think this was the nicest of the bunch. The spider is actually on a compost bag destined for the garden. :-)


Phidippus audax is not often listed as a Quebec spider, but I found a recent article that mentions sightings. Here are two more shots of the same individual: one, two. Do you agree that it's a Phidippus audax?


Vivitar Series 1 105mm F/2.5 plus Raynox DCR-250, but not at MFD. Off-camera Yongnuo YN-560 III flash. Probably a bit above 1.5:1, plus a moderate crop. I'd guesstimate that this spider was probably around 12mm in body length.



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Taken on May 9, 2015