Male Dimorphic Jumping Spider (Maevia inclemens)
Alright! Spring has sprung here in Oklahoma - and the salticids are returning once again!
This handsome little Maevia inclemens may not be the best example I've seen of his species in terms of boldness of coloration/markings - but he was in pretty good shape and was quite a bit of fun to work with. The shot above was taken by holding the dandelion leaf he was perched upon up towards the clouds yesterday afternoon. A single shot cropped to about 75% of the original frame to balance out the composition a bit (just now noticed this is almost the exact same diagonal composition I've used in my last couple salticid shots: high left down to a low right). Taken with my 50mm reversed to extension tubes and my usual flash diffuser.
To read about the odd dimorphism present in the males of this species - head over here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maevia_inclemens
In other news - BugShot, the macrophotography workshop I will co-teach with Alex Wild and John Abbott in Florida this coming August, has now filled up - but go ahead and check out the website HERE to keep track of updates on where we will be next year!
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