Salticids and Fly Sex – A good day

All photos taken at the Botetourt Gardens in Norfolk, VA with a Canon 5d Mark II, Canon mp-e65mm lens, and the Canon mt-24 ex lights, with the Gary Fong diffusers plus a few custom modifications. New diffusion is absolutely wonderful.

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This female salticid was found jumping around the bark of a birch tree. This first photo is one of the best I’ve taken in a long time. I love the Gary Fong diffusers! Such great, soft light. I especially like the reflection in her eyes.

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Note how well she blends in, camouflage is a powerful tool for a hunter.
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Here is a Hentz Jumper — I see these everywhere.

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And a couple of flies doing what flies to best (other than being eaten by spiders)

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