Friday, July 31, 2009

Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

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I find a bunch of these guys around, by far the most common jumpers I encounter. I can find two or three with just a two minute walk around my deck door. I generally find them on my house and garage siding. It's white, and it really seems to attract them. The faux grain in the siding is actually a very close fit for their coloring, especially the young ones, so I guess that makes sense.

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 appears to be a female, going by its size and the white palps. Apparently the males are smaller and their palps are larger and darker.

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.

Raynox DCR-150 and Raynox DCR-250, stacked and mounted on my Panasonic Lumix FZ8.

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