Glimpsing movement out of the corner of his eye, Kutub saw this spider pounce on a marmalade hoverfly. The pair jostled in the leaf litter until the spider began its meal – head first. Kutub stacked several images together, capturing the drama against a background card to complement the tone of the leaf and the now dried eye of the hoverfly.
The fence post jumper is one of more than 5,000 species of jumping spider, renowned for their excellent vision and cat-like hunting skills. Like most spiders, it has eight eyes – the two largest providing acute vision. Spotting prey from afar, it creeps up and then pumps three pairs of its legs full of fluid to spring.
Sony A77 Mark II; 100mm lens and Raynox filter; 1/250 sec at f13; ISO 100; Sony flash.
Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK
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Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK
Born and raised in rural Bangladesh, Kutub moved to the UK at the age of 25. After receiving his first camera as a gift he started taking pictures of animals and landscapes. He has since developed his interest, studying different photography techniques through online courses and books.