I can't stop looking at the extraordinary photos by Thomas Shahan, an Oregon-based artist and microphotographer who creates amazing portraits of arthropods, including these awesome jumping spiders. His beautiful monsters don't make me run in fear, but make me smile (knowing they are tiny, that is.) In fact, some of their faces are hilarious.

Above: Eyes of a Female Phidippus workmani - Florida

I just look at them and can hear them in my head saying "hey you!" "sup!" "wah?" "whatevs!" "heyheyhey, how you doin'?" "chillax dude, mkay?" and so on. I've probably watched A Bugs' Life one too many times.

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Adult Male Phidippus mystaceus Jumping Spider

Portrait of an Adult Male Phidippus putnami Jumping Spider

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Female Jumping Spider - Phidippus regius - Florida

Adult Male Habronattus hallani Jumping Spider - Arizona

Lyssomanes sp. Male Jumping Spider - Belize

Big Black Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius)

Hogna Wolf Spider

Bonus image (Thomas does a lot more than spiders)

Female striped horse fly

If you are interested in bug photography, you can start at Bugshot.


Thomas Shahan is an Oregon-based artist and microphotographer with a specialization in high-magnification photography, especially of jumping spiders. He is recognized as a master of arthropod portraiture, with pieces featured in National Geographic, Popular Photography, and NBC's the "Today Show" in addition to other magazines, television segments, newspapers, and publications around the world. With a B.F.A. in traditional printmaking from the University of Oklahoma and a fascination with the diversity and personalities of insects and spiders, Thomas offers an innovative, Do-It-Yourself approach to photography.

You can see his amazing work at Flickr and his website.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring futuristic, alien-looking or just plain awesome images of landscapes, cityscapes, and objects. If you are a photographer with such work, please drop me a line here.


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