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Male Habronattus sp. - Arizona

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**Update! 7/5/12 - I still don't know the species - but what's really important - he may actually not even have a name yet - more info hopefully coming soon!**

 

Yet another handsome Habronattus sp. from southern Arizona collected by a member of the Elias Lab! Haven’t had any luck tracking down an ID on this little guy so far – will update the title once I find out!

 

Note the variation in the setae that make up the patterns in his face - elongated wispy setae compose the pale blue while shorter, stubbier setae make the surrounding orange. In retrospect, I wish I would have attempted a higher magnification portrait as well to get a better look at the really thick iridescent pinkish setae bunched up around the eyes. Really a beautiful species – interested in finding out what he is exactly.

 

So – this was 2 shots focus stacked in Zerene stacker and then just a bit of a 3rd shot to get a little more detail in the palps. 50mm reversed on two sets of extension tubes and cropped. Shot him as he hopped about on dry leaves collected from the environment - the blue in the background is my shirt.

 

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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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Taken on June 22, 2012