Anterior Median Eyes of an Adult Female Paraphidippus aurantius

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Here's another beautiful Paraphidippus female found by Sam Martin (abikeOdyssey) last August. She had considerably different markings than the other female I photographed and filmed last July. As you may remember, that female eventually killed an adult male P. aurantius - the two videos I took are here:

Macro Video of an Adult Female Paraphidippus aurantius

Life and Death of a Male Paraphidippus aurantius Jumping Spider

The spider seen above was generally a bit more cooperative (and less violent) and at one point relaxed in the shade of some leaves and twigs I had set outside for her to crawl about in - allowing for some high magnification work with the bellows (~6:1-8:1). But make no mistake - this is never easy - healthy salticids are rarely completely cooperative - and August afternoons in Oklahoma are particularly unkind. This image is a crop from a 7 image manual focus stack taken at f/5.6 or f/8 with the 28mm reversed on the macro bellows. I took about 40 shots at this angle to get those 7, and given how long it takes my old flash to recharge, I must have been laying there for quite a while (things always seem to take longer when you're hunched over in odd positions with your eyes are pooling up with sweat). If you look closely at the reflections - my fingers change position slightly from eye to eye.

And I know you guys are probably tired of me saying this each time - but please speak up if the image looks odd to you - oversaturated, oversharpened, odd hue...

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To read more about jumping spider vision on Wikipedia, go here:

And Dr. Wayne Maddison has a fantastic page about salticid vision over at Tolweb here:

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  1. tubblesnap 39 months ago | reply

    Awesome detail. Love the clarity and colours. Saw your work in "The Metro" UK newspaper.

  2. Miriamala 39 months ago | reply

    Bárbara a série. Parabéns! Sou apaixonada por macros/close-up.

  3. MacroJussi [deleted] 39 months ago | reply


  4. CunoCyn 38 months ago | reply

    Possible one of the greatest shots I have seen. There is something about it that just makes it stand out. Wow just amazed me.

  5. blenn72 36 months ago | reply

    Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing

  6. ms4jah 35 months ago | reply

    I love this, never saw anything like it, so cool, great photography and sharing.

  7. Bart Huizinga 31 months ago | reply

    This is amazing!

  8. Gab's97531 30 months ago | reply

    Stupéfiant !!! les meilleurs photos macros que j'ai jamais vues!!!

  9. BLabrador33 27 months ago | reply

    This photo just blows me away. So fantastically close!

  10. Desorientador 25 months ago | reply

    Una maravilla de imagen. La galería es simplemente impresionante. Maravillosa. Enhorabuena!!! Saludos.

  11. amy buxton 25 months ago | reply

    utterly beautiful and amazing. My favorite spider, they seem to have such personality. But I've never seen one so close up! I love the feather-like hairs around her eyes.

  12. warrencarl 23 months ago | reply

    so captivating.. a beautiful insight into the world of spiders..your stream is awe inspiring...brilliant work

  13. nessiesg5 16 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shots wish I was this good

  14. akhtarkhan29 10 months ago | reply

    Wow...!!?? How u do that?? I'm new in this passion..

  15. ScottyScott 10 months ago | reply

    Greatest macro shot I've ever seen. Sir you are a true inspiration.

  16. Sharon Petersen 2 months ago | reply

    Truly REMARKABLE!! Your videos are wonderful, too...

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