I had one more arachnid encounter in New Zealand that’s worth sharing. This is one of the most commonly-seen ones, a black-headed jumper, Trite planiceps (Trite rhymes with mighty), and I’ve posted a few photos of them previously (here & here). There’s quite a bit of variation among members of the species, the color of the abdomen ranging from yellow through green and brown to black, and I’m always excited to come across a new one.
In fact, I’ve seen them jump right onto the camera or my fingers on several occasions when I’ve moved in to see how close I could get. I’ve read speculations that they may be reacting to their own reflections in the front element of the lens.