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The Salticid Trite planiceps is a reasonably common species in NZ bush. These shots used a green card in the background to reflect some light back onto the subject.

The shots emphasise the strength (and extra spines) of the front legs, used to seize prey, and of course the eyes, used to detect prey. Salticids are the most visually attuned of the spiders.

Jumping spiders also make good subjects because they’re diurnal, and their movements give you all sorts of different poses to photograph.

The setup was the a700 with two flashes fired off camera at the subject. And of course, the macro lens.