People often ask, what 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 to any spider beauty contests yet.
This little hairy spider disprove the stereotype about spiders being ugly and scary (anyone with arachnophobia here?).
Jumpers’ beauty secret is their eight big spider eyes, and besides looking very cute, these little creatures are also very curious ones.
I’m giving lots of bamboo leaves for macro photographers – without them, we couldn’t see these incredibly cool photos, and now let’s jump to the good stuff.
I’m sure you would love some spider facts accompanying these interesting photos, so here are some of them. 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
These adorably scary spiders belong to the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.
Female Jumping Spider
These spiders’ eyes provide superb vision which is 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
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 made to be be adherent to surfaces.
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.