As the science media today is carrying news of how spiders use defocus to judge distance, I thought it an opportune moment to share the portfolio of a master of spider portraiture. Oklahoma artist Thomas Shahan may scarcely be out of college, but he is recognized worldwide for his startling portrayals of jumping spiders. If you're not yet aware of Shahan's portraits, drop what you are doing right now and have a look:

Thomas Shahan

You're welcome.

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