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Phidippus mystaceus

adult female

I became obsessed with these amazing creatures years ago and this is the Phid I have to thank for it. I saw an image of this species a long ago and needed to learn more. I have since found and photographed almost all the MA native and look forward to expanding my search for the salticidae. This species is not native to MA so I put it on the someday if I'm lucky "bucket list" I still can't believe I actually had the opportunity to photograph this female and an equally impressive adult male (I'll post images of him soon) Thanks so much to Don at!!!! You are the jumping spider man!!! What an awesome jumper!!!
Canon 6D, 65mm MPE, 580 EXII flash, homemade diffuser. Photo © copyright by Patrick Zephyr.