Phidippus audax (Bold Jumping Spider) embryo still in development. You are looking straight at the top of it's head. (it's laying on it's backside a bit) The chelicerae, the metallic green/blue mouth parts you normally see as an adult, are slightly developed, as are the legs. Still no eyes.
It's laying on the tip of a soft paintbrush, photographed with a camera phone through a webcam lens I taped to the front.
This was long before I'd been able to buy any kind of point and shoot, let alone a dSLR camera. I was so inspired by Thomas Shahan's work, and I desperately wanted to see the tiny world my eyes couldn't, even if I didn't have traditional gear. I had to find a way to get macro photos, and this was actually one of my very favorite setups.
I need to find that lens again. 😂 time to hit up Ebay.
Also, this spiderling was the result of a breeding project I was doing with the spiders I collected while searching for the 'P. octopunctatus' of Washington State. Having no luck finding that species that time, I brought home a bunch of P. audax adults instead to keep as pets. I'd wanted to know what courtship looked like, and how mothers tended to eggsacs and young.
I learned so much about them! One of the batches was artificially incubated when the mother made an imperfect eggsac, as the eggs had fallen out. That was also a cool experience. I spent countless hours making observations of their development since I could see them on a whim.
I will post photos of the egg and the post-embryos later.
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