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      More Widow slings ...

      Advan lent me a Latrodectus hesperus sling to photograph ... a female I'm told, and a sibling of Beth's slings. Not the most obedient photo subjects!

      These were taken with a Raynox dcr-250 attached to a Tokina 100mm Macro lens.


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr

      Not entirely satisfied with the amount of detail I was getting, I ordered a Raynox msn-202, providing 3 times the magnification of the previous setup. Very nice, the sling now filled more than a third of the frame!
      The neon-legged aliens were photographed on a blue-tinted CD so that the strobe would reflect back up and fill the translucent legs with a color to contrast rather nicely with the pretty yellow abdomen.


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr

      Hopefully Beth will let me kidnap one of her babies next, I love the stripes on their abdomens!

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      As always I LOVE your pictures! You've got it! I'll bring them to the next meetup. At least 2 of mine has stripes on them. I'm very interested to see these in a few molts.
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      papilio, simply stunning photos! I like your shooting style! LOL, Beth will happily loan you a baby... right, Beth?????

      Also, papilio... visit this thread... http://www.tarantulasus.com/showthre...here!!!/page15

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      hmm, pretty sure it'll take a few more molts to tell sex.

      those are some great photos though, i love em!

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      awesome photos
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      Quote Originally Posted by ***Beth*** View Post
      As always I LOVE your pictures! You've got it! I'll bring them to the next meetup. At least 2 of mine has stripes on them. I'm very interested to see these in a few molts.
      Thanks Beth! And I look forward to getting some shots of your slings, can't wait to see how they look 'under the microscope' ! LOL

      Sorry btw that it took me a while to reply ... there was another widow photo which Chad said was his favorite, but by the time I saw that message I had already deleted it from flickr (also therefore AB) because of some annoying posterizing in the bokeh. Just finished remastering it from the RAW file.

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      hmm, pretty sure it'll take a few more molts to tell sex.

      those are some great photos though, i love em!
      Thanks widowman!
      What do you think about the stripes on Beth's slings? We were thinking that the significant difference in appearance between hers and the one I was lent might be sexual dimorphism.

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      papilio, simply stunning photos! I like your shooting style! LOL, Beth will happily loan you a baby... right, Beth?????

      Also, papilio... visit this thread... http://www.tarantulasus.com/showthre...here!!!/page15

      I look forward to getting to know you.
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      Here's the widow pic which I was working on ...


      Latrodectus hesperus sling, 1.5mm legspan, 'Black Widow' by _papilio, on Flickr

      JSI, assuming that means you're into jumpers? lol Here's one I took quickly which just happened to come across my desk one evening. Not so impressive compared to many of the spectacular jumper macros, but I can def see why they're so fascinating to photograph!


      You never forget your first jumper... by _papilio, on Flickr

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      hey papilio, typically males can be distinguished from females as early as 3rd instar by observing palp width! not sure what instar your little sling is though. check this out, there's some stuff about distinguishing sexes in there somewhere.


      https://sites.google.com/site/widowm...-widow-species

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      Quote Originally Posted by widowman10 View Post
      hey papilio, typically males can be distinguished from females as early as 3rd instar by observing palp width! not sure what instar your little sling is though. check this out, there's some stuff about distinguishing sexes in there somewhere.


      https://sites.google.com/site/widowm...-widow-species
      Thanks for the link widowman, really interesting ... and incredible about sexing by palp width!!
      Under the description of hesperus males it speaks of abdominal stripes ... even at this early age, do you think that could be what Beth has been referring to? Just curious.

      Beth, you believe these to be 2nd instar, am I remembering that correctly?
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