Adult Male Hentzia mitrata Jumping Spider (With Video!)

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    (Click here for the video! - He's not the same spider seen above, but an adult male from the same genus - a Hentzia palmarum)

    (If you would like to see more angles of this species, here is a nice set of images I took of another H. mitrata male earlier last summer: bugguide.net/node/view/277988)

    Found and photographed on a rusty bridge last July - I'm just now getting around to sorting through some of the shots I took last summer!

    The bridge I found him on has proven quite a fruitful area during the summer months for arthropods - nearly everytime I've crossed it, I've encountered jumpers. Just to see them spin around and frantically wave their little arms as you walk by makes visiting the spot worthwhile! Just to name a few salticid finds - Phidippus putnami, Phidippus audax, Hentzia mitrata, Hentzia palmarum, Admestina tibialis, Zygoballus rufipes... almost all immature, but where there are young ones there are adults of course. This same location also has some of the largest horseflies I have ever seen - I'll have to return next summer and get some video of them sucking my blood!

    I took several photos of this little guy (~4mm body length), including my usual high-mag portraits, but I thought this was the best shot of the bunch. It's a bit different than my usual posts, but I figured I should "back up" a bit with my compositions, even though the low-angle portraits and eye shots have kind of become my thing.

    Taken with the 50mm reversed on extension tubes (not many) at f/11 or so. I applied a little bit of vignetting in Photoshop to add a bit of variation to the background he's on.

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    In other news - Mundo Poco has alerted me that I was mentioned again briefly in this month's Popular Photography magazine.

    I've also recently had inclusions in Popular Science, Discovery, Better Photography (India!), Pentax User (UK), Big Issue (UK)!

    MSNBC is still making good use of my photographs:

    www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33974286/ns/technology_and_science-s...

    A few different websites have used one of my moon shots when announcing the discovery of water on the moon:

    www.mnn.com/technology/research-innovations/stories/water...

    I've also uploaded a new salticid-related drawing of mine here:

    www.flickr.com/photos/panbasket/4118144393/

    ...and I'm sure everyone knows at this point - but I recently appeared on national television on NBC's the TODAY Show. To watch the clip, courtesy of abikeOdyssey, go here:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=GffDikiMUfM

    And to everyone that has sent me e-mails/asked me questions recently who I haven't gotten back to yet - I apologize - I've been terribly busy!

    BrettMorrison, and 269 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Kobus Kiekie 63 months ago | reply

      Amazing, perfect everything.

      It is impossible to describe the admiration I have for your photos.

      --- SPECTACULAR ON A GRAND SCALE ---

    2. ArrynBlue 63 months ago | reply

      He is beautiful and you captured it perfectly.
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      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    3. ♥ Annieta  63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bugsssss - P1/C1 - HAPPY NEW YEAR !! :)), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Fantastic macro!

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      Macros de Naturaleza - Macros of Nature (Post 1, comment 3)

    4. PKski 63 months ago | reply

      The master at work. Great shot.
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      Macros de Naturaleza - Macros of Nature (Post 1, comment 3)

    5. Bilderschreiber 62 months ago | reply

      Wonderful hair!

    6. Captain Suresh Sharma 62 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot. Love it. Never seen such a beautiful.

    7. Pettys 62 months ago | reply

      My God, very awesome work...!!!!!!

    8. ralf.darius 61 months ago | reply

      Wow, so beautiful!!!

    9. Phil-Johnston 60 months ago | reply

      awesome!!!! those eyes are fantastic!

    10. jeans_Photos 58 months ago | reply

      Awesome! The whole series is just fantastic.

    11. gred. 40 months ago | reply

      I like and invite your macroemotion in my group

      MACRO-EMOTIONS!

    12. Marlo Dela Rosa 33 months ago | reply

      Super Excellent Pictures!

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