Adult Male Jumping Spider at Sunset - Phidippus mystaceus

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    Here’s yet another handsome Phidippus mystaceus that caught my eye from about 20-30 feet while walking some trails yesterday afternoon. Momentarily, my mind told me the form I saw floating near some conifers beside the trail was a large hoverfly. But as I slowly walked closer, and upon noticing that the form didn’t move from its position – it clicked in my mind and I knew it must be a salticid hanging on a line – and likely a Phidippus mystaceus given the location! To my surprise and joy, he ended up being a healthy male specimen as well – the perfect counterpart to the female I posted a few weeks back!

    What a wonderful little guy he was - all salticids are quite alert and aware of their surroundings, but he was particularly so - noticing even the subtlest of motions. This shot proved to be a little tricky and still isn’t quite what I was going for (I violated some of my very loosely followed and self-imposed rules regarding color and value contrast) but any P. mystaceus shot is a cause for celebration – and one against a sunset for Halloween was too good to pass up. The method of shooting was just about the same as the previous P. mystaceus shot, only taken later in the day with the warm glow of the setting sun illuminating the background of the exposure and creating a natural vignette. 2 shots focus-stacked with Zerene Stacker at f/16 with the 50mm reversed on extension tubes.

    Sadly, things are seemingly starting to take their downswing to cooler temperatures here in Oklahoma, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to produce any new macrophotos if that final cold snap should come through soon, but you never know – hopefully this won’t be my last shot for this season. I always have my database of older shots to sift through for some unappreciated beauty I unjustly looked over at some point.

    Happy Halloween!

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    1. carlosthedesigner 26 months ago | reply

      What an awesome little fella :)

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    3. Kuzeytac 25 months ago | reply

      So cute:))

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    4. Dah Professor 24 months ago | reply

      Nice work!
      At present I rarely use less than 100 mm for macro,
      but your work has given me some inspiration to try some shorter focal lengths.

    5. jimsc 24 months ago | reply

      These shots of jumping spiders are all magnificent. Who would have believed they are so beautiful and colorful.

    6. m I m 23 months ago | reply

      Brilliant

    7. warrencarl 23 months ago | reply

      brilliant ...such inspiring visuals and talent..love your work

    8. fossiled 22 months ago | reply

      Remarkable image and killer color on the subject and background

    9. saldous 18 months ago | reply

      Awesome..!

    10. vdbdc 15 months ago | reply

      Your work is AWESOME!!!!!! Congratulations.

    11. Pattes0815 11 months ago | reply

      O.O ,I find no words

    12. GL.2011 10 months ago | reply

      creepy but great

    13. LORD114 8 months ago | reply

      لا إله إلا الله

    14. Sam Martin (abikeOdyssey) 6 months ago | reply

      Great find! Seems like there are a lot of male Phidippus roaming around this time of year...sad it has to come to a close!

    15. Mike_t_by_the_sea 5 weeks ago | reply

      such metallic green eyes!

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