Portrait of an Adult Male Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider

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    Phidippus putnami has to be without doubt one of the most handsome salticids out there. I photographed this fantastically ornamental and fluffy guy back in August of 2010 and somehow must have looked over this shot (a significantly cropped single shot with the 50mm reversed to extension tubes). The anterior median eyes of these males are often a deeply vivid and saturated green like little emeralds (a bit like P. mystaceus), but despite being in immaculate shape, somehow this specimen's eyes were considerably less lackluster and more maroon than I've seen. Absolutely beautiful nonetheless - and maybe the "greenness" had more to do with my lighting setup than the specimen itself. Like all salticids, he had quite a personality and was a pretty tough subject to work with. After a couple hours, I eventually had to resort to photographing him through the mouth of a mason jar just to keep track of him. The method didn't help to ease the struggle much as he was big, healthy, and dead set on jumping right on the lens.

    To flesh the story out a bit, I'll include the original description from August 3rd, 2010 coupled with my first posting of this guy, and additional detail shots in the comment section below:

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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). "

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    1. Andrew Rolfe 24 months ago | reply

      Another beautiful image, love the color in this one.

    2. Sandro Vinci 24 months ago | reply

      Fantastic portrait

    3. jo clegg 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome! (not a word I generally use...but it is very apt for your photography!), you must have such patience! Fabulous details and colours in all your images!

    4. ThePalGuy.com 23 months ago | reply

      These images are absolutely stunning. You are a great photographer and i have really enjoyed watching your YouTube videos. Check out some of my amateur shots;
      thepalguy.com/2012/05/21/bluets/
      Cheers

    5. ☼Sol.Digital☼ [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

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    6. warrencarl 22 months ago | reply

      omg..outstanding detail and light..awesome capture

    7. DailyQuota 22 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot ! Had to check out some of these pictures after seeing your Youtube stuff.

    8. rivermonkey_photography [deleted] 16 months ago | reply

      Umm, ok, well this one makes me cringe a little, lol......

    9. Jp Racine 14 months ago | reply

      Absolutly sublime

    10. The-Su 12 months ago | reply

      Such a handsome spider~

    11. michael doe1 10 months ago | reply

      your macro shots are a inspiration. love your work!

    12. Peter Wijlaars 9 months ago | reply

      Wow, thats close

    13. Joseph Choo 8 months ago | reply

      Where do you find all these cuties?

    14. leselik 8 months ago | reply

      I love all you spider portraits.

    15. ma.ticol 5 months ago | reply

      Bonitas fotos, enhorabuena.

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