Adult Female Jumping Spider - Phidippus mystaceus

Make sure to click here to view the larger image as Flickr's resizing creates moiré artifacts and over-sharpens a bit!


Alright! It's been far too long! I nearly ran over this wonderful little female with my bike while returning from a book sale this weekend. Initially, I wasn't quite sure if she was a salticid or not as I careened around her, but after momentarily debating turning back – I decided to do so and was instantly ecstatic upon realizing that the little speck of arthropod I’d instinctively avoided killing was none other than the most resplendent salticid of them all – Phidippus mystaceus! And not only that – she was in absolutely wonderful shape with fantastic hair coverage, a plump abdomen, and clean eyes!


The shot above was achieved by letting her hop on a sunflower leaf and holding her up to the sky to get a blue-sky background bright enough in the exposure. The image is a focus-stack of three images taken at about f/11 or f/16 with my old (now scratched) 50mm prime reversed on extension tubes. Also noteworthy is the fact that this is one of my first salticid shots taken with the new Pentax K-x body and in RAW nonetheless (all my previous work was shot in jpeg!). She ended up being quite cooperative and didn’t require too much pain or toil on my part – working with salticids is always a pleasure - even when difficult!


Apologies for the infrequent uploads lately, I’ve just been busy outside of the macrophotography world – but be assured – I’m still taking shots and searching for subjects and likely always will.


In other news – Bugshot 2011 with Alex Wild and John Abbott was a resounding success and proved to be a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from a variety of entomologists, macro photographers, and more. Should it happen again next year – I’m fully behind it and consider it an invaluable resource.



  • ACREMAR 3y

    Superb detail :)
  • Richard Swainson 3y

    It seems every comment on this site is complimentary, which I find somewhat tidious but there's photography and then there's photography and yours really is to be admired. Thank you.
  • Ray Comeau 3y

    Stephen Bowler

    Great comment Thanks
  • Kuzeytac 3y

    I love spiders now.. Because of you:)

    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )
  • Diego Galárraga Sugoniaev 3y

    unbelievable capture!!!
  • Arlene Castro 3y

    Blows me away..such a stunning little sure brought out her beauty..always a pleasure my friend!!
  • Thy Fere 3y

    Hi. How can I see the EXIF of some of your work.?
  • Katie-Rose 3y

    That's amazing!
  • mM 3y

    Wow wow brilliant....
  • Ravi 3y

    Really amazing! The eyes are a beautiful green. Love it. How do you old them up to the sky without them jumping away?
  • Lučka Zorko Titan 3y

    HOW INCREDIBLE!!!!! I am deeply impressed.
  • Steve Smith 3y

    I love this little dude, he is brilliant! Excellent shot
  • José Gabriel Martínez Fonseca 3y

    just amazin!!
  • Léonard Rodriguez 3y

    MAGNIFIQUE! So beautiful Thomas! Thank you!
  • michael brush 3y

    Fifty years ago when Stan Lee co-created Spider-Man for Marvel Comics most likely he had no idea his character would've been much more marvelous as a jumping spider endowed with eight eyes, four in front and four in back, to survey the world as a true superhero should. But how was he to know? He hadn't seen your photos. You weren't even born at that point.

    In the meantime you've compiled an amazing collection of 'costumes' for the next generation of superheros. Some are featured by The Smithsonian while others appeared in National Geographic. How you keep up with all your activities makes me wonder if you are perhaps part jumping spider, darting from macro workshops to your Twitter site to your Flickr secret identity and of course your Facebook page plus your main website ever onward to your arachnid & arthropod hunting grounds in Oklahoma.

    With today's profusion of digital tools spawning countless movies and video games it would come as no surprise to see a supernatural lentil-sized Spider Woman begotten on the basis of this fetching female Phidippus mystaceus. Imagine an action-packed (or mystical) movie and spinoff game called Phidippus X.

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  • Toi Tomato 3y

    She sounded like she was happy to pose for pictures! :) Fantastic shots!
  • Jonathan Cohen 2y

    Wonderful photograph!
  • wraysburyade 2y

    Great quality, you've really got this technique nailed.
  • Julius The Photographer 1y

    Did you use a tripod the the image stacking?
  • Nils W Torstensen 10mo

    fantastisk macrobilde
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