Adult Female Phidippus mystaceus Jumping Spider

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    While taking out the trash, I noticed a little gray form on the same bush which I had released the Phidippus audax I photographed this morning. With a closer look, I instantly recognized it as an adult female Phidippus mystaceus. I have been fascinated by the adult males of this species, so I may be getting close to finding one. The coloration of these males is truly incredible (take a look here).

    Regardless, this female is beautiful in her own right. I've never seen markings or hair patterns quite like this. The markings on her abdomen and the back of her head are incredible with strange outlines shapes (take a look at the photos below).

    This photo was taken with the 50mm reversed to a few extension tubes.

    For those of you interested in seeing some jumping spiders in motion, I have uploaded a video on youtube featuring male and female Tutelina elegans jumping spiders here:

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    1. B S Y 66 months ago | reply

      thanx for sharing this!

    2. postigo80 65 months ago | reply

      estupenda, muy buena.

    3. LEMON ONE 65 months ago | reply

      what an awesome shot!

    4. C_Bunny 64 months ago | reply

      this is the cutest spider, i've seen this picture used on alot of websites and even have it as my wallpaper.. superb shot

    5. Jose R. Borras 62 months ago | reply

      mmm... adorable spider

    6. bobadigilatis 57 months ago | reply

      Truly amazing, thanks for the photo.

    7. teresia 57 months ago | reply

      creepy but fascinating

    8. embernadette 55 months ago | reply

      ok spiders really freak me out, and if i saw this in real life id probably die.
      but these macro shots make it look beautiful!!
      Great Work!

    9. shadowshador 54 months ago | reply

      A very nice shot.

    10. Tizianohc 53 months ago | reply

      Great macro work... she looks pretty shocked... maybe its just the wide eyes and hair sticking up :)

    11. woody329 53 months ago | reply

      Excellent work!!

    12. arockmarketing 51 months ago | reply

      I HATE spiders, but I wanna take this one home for myself lol. It's beautiful. I may even make a blog post about it on my blog at

    13. aifacat 46 months ago | reply

      Love the photo (and all your work on here...I love macro photography) - & FYI, someone has Photoshopped it and submitted to

    14. roseycheekes 44 months ago | reply

      She's actually pretty cute. Looks like she's frowning though : (

    15. Nikon995images 38 months ago | reply

      What??? excellent marcro

    16. ♥ saj255 ♥ 36 months ago | reply

      Wow! Amazing shot.

    17. myles2go1958 33 months ago | reply

      She is so adorable. I would love to find one here. Thank you for this beautiful and cute spider.

    18. stormchaserrieme 31 months ago | reply

      How cool is this? Incredible shot! I've never seen anything like it!

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