Here is another great blog I’d like to introduce: “Beetles in the Bush” is the blog of Ted C. MacRae: agricultural entomologist, photographer and beetle wrangler. Please check out his site, I’m sure you will enjoy it…Cheers, EC
This little jumping spider (~8 mm in length) was in one of my soybean fields in west-central Illinois last week. She(?) was quite fidgety and kept jumping from the leaf on which I found her as I tried to carry the leaf out of the field to a more open and convenient place to take photographs. Once I got out to the grassy field border, I managed to get one photograph (not shown but similar to this one) right before she jumped off the leaf yet again. However, I was able to find her and coax her back onto the leaf for this last shot before she jumped off again—never to be found again! I presume this spider belongs to the genus Phidippus based on the cephalic tufts, and within that genus maybe a species in the P. clarus group (corrections welcome!).
When I look at insect macrophotographs, I like…
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