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

Click here for a larger view as flickr tends to over-sharpen these smaller thumbnails!


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:




I recently set up a facebook page and have added a bit of travel photos and art there as well - so if you're interested, it's here:


...and my relatively boring yet existent twitter is here:

  • Murali Aithal 3y

    saw your video in youtube and ended up here. loved your macro work and became your fan!
  • Sebastián Izaguirre 3y

    preciosos detalles!!! me gusta su mirada fija en la cámara...
  • Pauline Smith 3y

    Another beautiful spider, and another awesome shot. Love these :)
  • Galway Pete 3y

    Wonderful macro images.amazing detail and focus.
  • Melinda A Jones 3y

    WOW! Absolutely incredible!!
  • Ron Pilcher 3y

    Nice work!
  • Stephan & Anna Gürtler 3y

    Beautiful spider. Love your macros. Have a great weekend.
  • Noor Kadir (rana) 3y

    liked it
  • Vince Smith 3y

    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.
  • Stéphane Vézina 3y

    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?
    Araignée sauteuse / Salticidae by Stephane Vezina

    Araignée sauteuse / Jumping spider by Stephane Vezina

    Araignée-loup/Wolf spider/Lycosidae by Stephane Vezina

    Thanks a lot and Bravo for your work!
  • Martin de J. Moreno 3y

    Bellisima, que buen macro.Felicitaciones
  • leselik 3y

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  • gred. 3y

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

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    Remember to comment!
  • Steve Reekie 2y

    Incredibly ornate. Ours are rather plain by comparison.
  • Adam Lawson 2y

  • Nancy Anne L. Merolle 1y

  • Kathy Malone 1y

    They make a handsome couple!
  • Bev & Paul Mynott 1y

    What beautiful spiders, and what amazing photographs!
  • ShySheepy 1y

    wow such a beautiful spider...!
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Taken on June 23, 2012
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