SPIDERS No. 45 - Jumper Pedipalp Scales

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Walter Piorkowski
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SPIDERS No. 45 - Jumper Pedipalp Scales

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Leitz Ortholux microscope
4X Leitz projection eyepiece plus 1/3x relay lens

209 images at 5 micron increments, Nikon 10x Achromat

Fiber Optic illumination
Canon 50D
Zerene PMax and Photoshop processing.

Somewhat similar to the scales of butterflies, spiders of the family Salticidae have large numbers of modified hairs that are called scales. This image shows a nice display of these features, amongst normal hairs, on the femur and patella (top) segments of a pedipalp. This from a good sized black jumping spider common in my locality.

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