Signing Henry & Glenn & Forever & Ever at the Last Gasp Booth 1614 from noon to 1pm with @iwilldestroytom , @keenanmarshallkeller & @kristinacollantes! (at San Diego Convention Center)
Regal Jumper - Phidippus regius | ©Patrick Zephyr (Florida, US)
Phidippus regius (Salticidae) is aptly named in terms of its size (Regal jumping spider), as it is the largest jumping spider in eastern North America (adult males average 12 mm in length). The species is found in the southeastern US, the Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas, but is most common in peninsular Florida.
One of the striking features of this species you can see in the photo is the iridescent color (green-blue-violet) of the paired chelicerae.
Jumping spiders can be recognized easily by their eye arrangement. The eyes are arranged in three rows: the 1st row contains four eyes, the two large median eyes and two smaller lateral eyes; the 2nd row contains two tiny eyes; and the 3rd row contains two small eyes (in the picture you can only see the first row of four eyes).
My fourth posting from a renowned set of nude studies, this trio of powerfully built men were photographed in around 1900 and have found an astonishing but quite quite well-deserved fame over a century later.
(Specially selected for the viewing pleasure of my friend B. who maintains - quite erroneously, I believe - that I do not post enough butts. I hope you are happy now!)