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Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus) | by sankax
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Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

A Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus) I found on a concrete park bench. Tiny little spider this time of year, as you can see by the grains of sand in the concrete.

 

The Zebra Jumping Spider is a common household jumping spider. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their 'curiosity' when observed by humans; many seem aware of their audience and seem to respond to observation by raising their heads and studying the observer.

 

Very personable little buggers too, they'll crawl all over you, and look up every few seconds. I'm certain they recognize my eyes. This is a female, going by its white palps. The males have comically large chelicerae and fangs. Compare here

 

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro mounted on a Canon XTi. Taken at 1:1

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Taken on April 3, 2009