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December 1, 2022


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Chris Spohn Chris Spohn

Bycatch (unwanted species caught and discarded while fishing) can be a bad thing. Bycatch, while carrying a camera, is always good.

We were in Illinois looking carefully around a boulder that had been pushed aside for the construction of a man-made lake. We were expecting cottonmouths, maybe a water snake, or even a skink, when a friend said “you’ll like this.”

What? Where is it? I wondered what he had spotted.

“Oh! I see it,” I answered.

I quickly changed lenses and put a flash and diffuser on the hotshoe of my camera and was able to catch this tan jumping spider (platycryptus undatus) before it disappeared back into the nearby rocks.

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