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Male Habronattus virgulatus Jumping Spider - Arizona | by Thomas Shahan
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Male Habronattus virgulatus Jumping Spider - Arizona

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I’m back! Just returned from a week with the Elias Lab out south of Tucson, AZ while they carried out their field research involving Habronattus jumping spiders. It was great to spend some time in such beautiful country with the company of fellow spider-fans that never seemed to tire of my endless questions and ramblings about salticids. The amount of beautiful and varied species we found was just overwhelming too – and I ended up taking quite a lot of shots – so expect to see more wild Arizona salticids around here soon!


This little Habronattus virgulatus male, after much coaxing, eventually allowed a few portraits to be taken of his beautifully colored face - despite his odd behavior of turning about 45 degrees every time I pointed the camera in his face. I suspect he was threatened a bit by my massive new 8x10” flash diffuser I’ve started using lately. The image is a pretty significant crop from a focus stack of 2 images (would have loved to have gotten a 3rd for the foremost legs – but he began to groom himself shortly after the above images) taken with an old SMC Pentax 50mm reversed on two sets of extension tubes.


So – stay tuned and I’ll be posting more species soon!




In other news - I'm planning on producing a short series of how-to macro tutorial videos. If you're interested - go ahead and suggest any topics you'd like me to cover!


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I recently shot a segment with This Land Press about my macrophotography, which you can view online *here* or by clicking on the image in the comments below!


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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Taken on September 8, 2013