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Adult Female Phidippus mystaceus Jumping Spider

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 for a while now, 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 outlined shapes (take a look at the photos below).


This photo was taken with the 28mm reversed to a few extension tubes. The focus is a bit off, and I wish I could have fit her hair in the frame, but the red background was just too nice to not upload.


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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgzNbeKwTvI

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Taken on April 25, 2005