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Adult Male Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider | by Thomas Shahan
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Adult Male Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider

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Here's another one of those shots I've been planning on taking for years - and now I've gotten it - full frame as well! My daily wanderings paid off a couple days ago as I was making my way along a trail (following a large robber fly). A little form on the railing of a wooden bridge caught my eye from about 20 feet away, and as I took a couple steps closer - it spun around to greet me and I immediately recognized the face as an adult male Phidippus putnami.


These adult males have to be some of the wildest and hairiest spiders out there - the markings and tufts of hair are just unparalleled (excluding some of the really wild Habronattus species out west).


The image above is a full-frame focus stack of 2 images (with a significant gap - but perfectly aligned) taken with my relatively new 10 dollar vintage Pentax-M f/2 50mm lens (at f/11 or f/16) reversed on a set of extension tubes extension tubes.

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Taken on August 3, 2010