Jumping Spider Out of the Dark

Phidippus audax jumping spider portrait

A Phidippus audax jumping spider looks into camera; the colorful chelicerae that house the venom glands.

The Phidippus audax jumping spider has striking chelicerae — those shiny, colorful mouthparts that hold their venom glands. Usually they are bright greens, but in this case they came out with a bluish caste, which isn’t as common as the green, but not unusual either. This shot has an unintended darkness as the flash did not typically illuminate the spider because of its hiding place, but I like the moodiness of it.

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