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One of our more photogenic native spiders is the salticid Trite planiceps and with the unpacking calming down, I was able to spend some time on macrophotography this weekend. This native arachnid has the large, strong front legs (with downward spines) to grip prey, as well as the large frontal eyes characteristic of the salticids.

For some reason, many people with a fear of spiders don't get the some phobic reaction with these jumping spiders. Some people even find their agility and seemingly curious way they explore their environment appealing.

Anyway, the shots (and yes, the pedipalps show it's a female):