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Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) {Explored}

A species of jumping spider found across north America and Europe.


These active hunters use their excellent eyesight to help stalk their prey, before leaping on top of their victims at close range.

Prior to launching onto their prey they attach a silk line so that if they miss their prey they can climb back up the strand.

Mean jumping velocity is estimated to be between 64 and 79 cm/s


Sharpness affected by diffraction. best stick to a wider aperture at this magnification.

Approx 2.5x life-size

Then cropped approx 30%


Light using an off axis Speedlight 430EX II for fill light with Stofen diffuser fitted (in ETTL mode -2/3 EV) positioned overhead left of frame.

Triggered using the 7D wireless IR triggering.


Explore position #375

21 Sep 2010


Image published on the BBC Nature website, home of Springwatch & Autumnwatch

Image used in spider facts article

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Taken on September 21, 2010