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Like giant Phidippus species with metallic green chelicerae? (Of course you do - everyone does) You're in luck! Phidippus workmani is a fantastically beautiful salticid found in Florida and has some of the most intense chelicerae I've ever seen!

And don't forget - there's still slot available at the 2013 Bugshot workshop in Belize! If you're interested in macro photography, entomology, or just handing out in awesome places - it's definitely worth checking out: http://myrmecos.net/2013/02/12/a-tropical-insect-photo-safari-with-piotr-naskrecki-thomas-shahan-john-abbott-and-me/

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Hello +Thomas Shahan !
  Now watch youtube on a documentary about spiders, dragonflies and macro, I found after signature in the bottom right. It's superb documentary, greetings from Timisoara - Romania.
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My exhibit "Beautiful Beasts" is now on display at the Sam Noble Museum in Oklahoma! More information here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/opoterser/8471758247/in/photostream
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Looks like a great event.. wow. 
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Another, closer view of that beautiful Phidippus regius female found during Bugshot 2012 in Florida: http://flic.kr/p/dsAJG2
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you could add subliminal messages in the eye reflections!  Beautiful work as always.
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I've been back from Bugshot 2012 for about a week now and am just now getting around to editing some of the salticid photos I took while down in Florida. This wonderfully fluffy Phidippus regius female (found by a helpful Guillaume Dury) was more than willing to pose for photos from several attendees to the workshop. Given that one of my ultimate goals while in Florida was to find this exact species - I'm grateful that I finally got a chance to photograph one of North America's largest and most beautiful Phidippus species!

The image below is a focus stack of 2 shots taken with a 50mm prime reversed on a set of extension tubes.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/opoterser/7923719100
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fantastic
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This Habronattus pugillis has an arrangement of white setae above its eyes that makes it appear as though he has white "eyebrows". But this isn't the case with all H. pugillis males - as a result of sexual selection and geographic separation - the males vary significantly in appearance from mountain range to mountain range. Seen below is a particularly sharp looking representative from the Santa Rita Mountains that was kind enough to be photographed in Arizona this last June.

http://flic.kr/p/cKaoWu

For more information and an awesome set of photos displaying the remarkable variation of this species, check out Wayne Maddison's tolweb page for the species here:

http://tolweb.org/Habronattus_pugillis

And coolest of all - the Elias Lab's video of this H. pugillis courtship:  Habronattus pugillis (Santa Rita Mountain Form)
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Wow, lovely photo!
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Alright! Not only is Incredipede coming to Steam March 18th, here's the new trailer I made - share away! http://youtu.be/Bcfyz_s1FNM 
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Wo0t! Very excited to see Quozzle crawling her way onto Steam. :)

I saw the interview with the team on Rock Paper Shotgun, too. Best of luck with the launch  - and the IGF. A win in "Excellence in Visual Art" would be well deserved. 
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Come to Belize and shoot spiders and insects with Alex Wild, John Abbott, Piotr Naskrecki and me!

http://myrmecos.net/2013/02/12/a-tropical-insect-photo-safari-with-piotr-naskrecki-thomas-shahan-john-abbott-and-me/
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Belize: Great location for photography~~~I know you will return with superb images of Bugs and many more awesome insects, animals, fishes, Maya Ruins, forestry, birds, the blue hole, underwater, reef life & the like. +Thomas Shahan Definitely a treat for Google + Can't wait to see all the finish product. Have a wonderful fun filled trip.
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Somewhere in California, a giant Phidippus mystaceus rests in a parking lot.

She'll soon find a new home looming over the front entrance of the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History to (hopefully) lure the public to an exhibit featuring large scale prints of Oklahoma arthropods.

To be specific - I'm having a big exhibition at the museum and if you're interested in entomology at all - check it out February 1st! (If only to see a 20-25ft salticid on a building!)
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=^.^=
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Incredipede has launched! Like the idea of messing about with limbs, muscles, and physics in a woodcut world? Try the free demo in your browser now @ www.incredipede.com !

Read about the development here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/22/3527418/incredipede-world-travel-colin-northway

And watch an early trailer here: Incredipede Gameplay Trailer
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Just saw your This Land Press video. Always good to meet a fellow photographer from this area.
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Incredipede, the game I've been working on for the past year is nearing completion and will launch relatively soon!

You simply create the skeletal structure and musculature of an organism to create any means of locomotion you'd like to solve the game's puzzles. It's fun, something new, and entirely illustrated by myself in a woodcut print style. 

The game was designed and programmed by Colin Northway (Fantastic Contraption) and his wife, Sarah Northway. The sound design was done by the guy who made all the disgustingly squishy sounds for Super Meat Boy - Jordan Fehr. Gross stuff.

Check out the gameplay teaser below and www.Incredipede.com (if it gets back up again) for more info.

Oh, and for Steam users - do whatever it takes to get it noticed in the new Greenlight section: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=92701947&searchtext

Go get excited about it on facebook too! http://www.facebook.com/Incredipede

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Thanks +Jeff Ward. If it is released on iOS I'd like to try it. 
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More beautiful Arizona salticids! Habronattus hallani males are highly iridescent with wonderfully reflective and colorful setae packed across their chelicerae and underarms! I had high hoped of getting some better angles to display of the wonderful coloration of this species - but unfortunately, I had quite a time getting any shots at all of this specimen at all - so this is my best offering: http://www.flickr.com/photos/opoterser/7635040260/in/photostream
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Aperture? :)
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