People often ask, who is the most beautiful spider in the world?
You are lucky, because I know the answer – it’s the Jumping Spider! (a.k.a Salticidae) I have to admit, I’m being a bit subjective here, because there haven’t been any spider beauty contests yet.
This little spider disprove the stereotype about spiders being ugly and scary (anyone with arachnophobia here?).
Jumpers beauty secret is his 8 big eyes, and besides looking very cute, this little creature is also a very curious one.
I’m giving lots of bamboo leaves for macro photographers – without them, we couldn’t see these incredible macro photos, and now let’s jump to the photos.
Jumper can jump 20 to 60 or even 75 to 80 times the length of its body.
Habronattus coecatus – Adult male Jumping Spider Hiding in Leaves
It belongs to the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.
Female Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders have a superb vision which is better than any other kind of spider. With his eight eyes a jumper can see in almost every direction at once and is often regarded as nature’s best stalkers – as good as lions and tigers.
Pelegrina pervaga – Adult Male Jumping Spider
Just before it jumps, it tethers a filament of silk to whatever it is standing on. Should it fall for one reason or another, it climbs back up the silk tether.
Asianellus (=Phlegra) festivus
They are generally diurnal, active hunters.
Adult Female Jumping Spider – Phidippus audax
Phidippus clarus – Female
Adult Male Hentzia palmarum Jumping Spider
Unidentified Jumping Spider
In contrast to other arachnids, the jumping spider is regarded as inquisitive as it is seemingly interested in whatever approaches it.
Sitticus fasciger Jumping Spider
Adult male Paraphidippus aurantius Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are known for their curiosity. If approached by a human hand, instead of scuttling away to safety as most spiders do, the jumping spider will usually leap and turn to face the hand. Further approach may result in the spider jumping backwards while still eyeing the hand. The tiny creature will even raise its forelimbs and hold its ground. It might even jump on the hand.