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Extreme close-ups reveal hypnotic gaze of tiny jumping spiders

08-23-2010 14:38 BJT

Staring menacingly at the camera these exotic looking creatures look like monsters straight out of a horror film.

But, despite their appearance, these creatures are actually jumping spiders, which measure a tiny six millimetres - and they live in this country.

Star of the show: This Saitis Barbipes has stunning blue eyes - but took three weeks of patience to photograph
Star of the show: This Saitis Barbipes has stunning blue eyes - but took three 
weeks of patience to photograph

The harmless arachnids, which are capable of jumping up to six times their own height, can be found in grassy meadows and on the walls of houses on sunny days.

Photographer Tomas Rak scours British towns and countryside looking for them to capture on film with macro photography.

The result is an extraordinary picture, which reveals tiny flecks of colour in each spider's eye and every hair on its body.

Mr Rak, 28, said he'd had a very positive response to his incredible photography.

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