Adult Male Habronattus pugillis Jumping Spider - Arizona (Santa Rita Mountains Variation)

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    Hope you guys aren't burned out on Habronattus males just yet! Because here's an interesting if not overtly flashy Habronattus species collected with the Elias Lab out in Arizona in June. Note the distinct white eyebrows and yellow setae on the pedipalps. This little dude had wonderfully vivid cadmium yellow chelicerae that he only revealed once or twice - and of course I totally missed the focus in my excitement - so - this and a few other "palps-up" shots were the best I could manage given the situation.

    The image above is a crop from a stack of two shots taken with extenstion tubes and a reversed 50mm prime (would have ideally shot the image at full frame with my 28mm reversed - but it's seriously scratched and yields very washed out photos). The surface is a green (!) rock collected from his environment, while the backdrop is once again my shirt with a bit of a reddish leaf barging it's way into the composition.

    One particularly cool thing about H. pugillis is the significant variation in appearance (specifically in those awesome eyebrows!) from mountain range to mountain range in Southern Arizona (specifically features referred to as the "Sky Islands") - more info on that below in the comments:


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    1. Aithal's 31 months ago | reply

      saw your video in youtube and ended up here. loved your macro work and became your fan!

    2. iohandesign 31 months ago | reply

      preciosos detalles!!! me gusta su mirada fija en la cámara...

    3. Pog's pix 31 months ago | reply

      Another beautiful spider, and another awesome shot. Love these :)

    4. Galway Pete 31 months ago | reply

      Wonderful macro images.amazing detail and focus.

    5. Melinda A Jones 31 months ago | reply

      WOW! Absolutely incredible!!

    6. Nexus49 31 months ago | reply

      Nice work!

    7. StephAnna :-) 31 months ago | reply

      Beautiful spider. Love your macros. Have a great weekend.

    8. Sunnyboy 33 31 months ago | reply

      I came so close to blowing my money on an 'expensive' macro lens. Then I came across your intro to macro on you Tube. Absolutely inspiring, struck out with a reverse 28mm, tubes and a home made diffuser and found myself in a totally new realm of nature photography.
      Thanks for that Thomas.

    9. Stephane Vezina 31 months ago | reply

      Your pictures are SPECTACULAR!!!
      You inspired me to start taking close-ups of jumpers faces too...
      But its so hard to have the focus right and a worthy background...

      I would appreciate it a lot if you were to post an original unprocessed image of one of your spiders to see the level of work you did in post-processing... I know i ask a lot but...

      And would you give me your opinion on these?

      Thanks a lot and Bravo for your work!

    10. Martinellimacro 30 months ago | reply

      Bellisima, que buen macro.Felicitaciones

    11. Kathleen Gick [deleted] 30 months ago | reply


    12. gred. 29 months ago | reply

      Thank you for showing us the beauty of these small creatures which are usually so 'invisible' to normal eyes

      This is a
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    13. New Zealand Wild 24 months ago | reply

      Incredibly ornate. Ours are rather plain by comparison.

    14. kmalone98 15 months ago | reply

      They make a handsome couple!

    15. Bev & Paul Mynott 15 months ago | reply

      What beautiful spiders, and what amazing photographs!

    16. ShySheepy 11 months ago | reply

      wow such a beautiful spider...!

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