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Spiders do not often get the appreciation they deserve. I have gone from a total fear of spiders, to a no spiders in the house policy. The fact is that they are amazing engineers, and quite colorful. The family of Jumping Spiders (Salticidae) has numerous members and as you can tell from the photograph they are very small. Of their eight eyes, two are usually vestigial, two are motion detecting, two have telescopic properties and two are true eyes. In the sense that they go after other insects they are carnivorous, though some feed on nectar as well. Although mainly nocturnal, Jumping Spiders are not hard to find as some are active during the day.
Jumping spiders seem to be a bit curious. In my experience, they will disappear under some cover, only to re-appear a few inches away still looking at you. I would prefer not to use flash, but they are usually found in the dark undergrowth.
The remarkable red-banded legs and bluish part of his chest made this specific spider stand out. After a short period of posing he turned his back to me and wandered off quite calmly. I have seen people try to capture these creatures and when provoked they can move with amazing speed. The lesson I believe is to leave well enough alone.