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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)
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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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 beauty contests for them yet. If you have arachnophobia (the fear of spiders), then not to worry, there are no scary spiders here. These cute spiders disprove the stereotype about all arachnids being ugly or creepy.

A Jumper’s beauty secret is its big spider eyes, and besides looking very cute, these little creatures are also very curious ones. Sometimes you can see these spiders waving to you if you’re lucky! Waving its hairy legs is one of the ways they attract mates but also catch their prey. Speaking of which, Salticidae are venomous spiders but they’re unlikely to attack people and their venom is not particularly harmful to us either. They can be found in tropical forests around the Equator as well as in deserts, scrublands, and mountainous regions.

These tiny spiders are no bigger than a fingernail! So, I’m giving lots of bamboo leaves to the photographers because without their macro photography, we wouldn’t be able to see these incredibly cool photos. Now let’s jump to the good stuff and when you’re finished, check out more spider photos afterward!

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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I’m sure you would love some spider facts accompanying these interesting photos, so here are some of them. A Jumper can jump 20 – 60 or even 75 – 80 times the length of its body.

Habronattus coecatus – Adult male Jumping Spider Hiding in Leaves

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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These adorably scary spiders belong to the largest family of spiders, accounting for about 13% of all spider species.

Female Jumping Spider Eyes

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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This spider’s eyes provide superb vision, better than any other kind of arachnid. 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

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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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 with its hairy spider legs which adhere to surfaces easily.

Asianellus (Phlegra) festivus

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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These venomous spiders are active hunters and generally diurnal, meaning they’re active in the day and rest at night.

Macro Photography Showing Jumping Spider Details – Phidippus audax

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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Phidippus clarus – Female

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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Phidippus otiosus

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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A Close Look At The Jumping Spider Eyes (Hentzia palmarum)

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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This Cute Spider is Ready For His Close-Up

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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In contrast to other arachnids, the jumping spider is regarded as inquisitive as it is seemingly interested in whatever approaches it.

Amazing Spider Eyes (Sitticus fasciger)

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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Adult male Paraphidippus aurantius Jumping Spider

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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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. Approaching further may result in the spider jumping backward whilst still eyeing the hand. These tiny spiders will even raise their forelimbs and hold their ground. It may look like the spider is waving and it might even jump on the hand.

Macro Photography At Its Finest

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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Another Cute Spider

The Most Beautiful Spider in the World (20 pics)

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