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Jumping Spider

Posted by wildwatertv on September 28, 2009


This wonderful creature is a jumping spider (Salticus spp).  These are often seen on walls in the summer and autumn hunting for insects.  They have a black and white zebra pattern on their backs.  Far from having the compound eyes of insects spiders have very good vision and highly developed eyes.  This family is unlike most other in that it has specialised binocular vision in order to hunt, as well as two larger peripheral eyes.  The whole spider is about 5mm in length, but if you were smaller than that you could be fairly sure is was going to see you.  Those jaws are pretty impressive too…


2 Responses to “Jumping Spider”

  1. bartonportraits said

    Is that the ring flash in it’s eyes?

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