Jumping Spider – Salticidae – Sitticus pubescens (Three Photographs)
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I know not everyone is a fan of spiders and for the longest time neither was I, but taking photographs of insects I found jumping spiders quite interesting. Given the vast number of members of the jumping spider family it is hard to nail down a specific name. As a generality these spiders have excellent vision, with two of their eyes being telescopic. There are many different hunting patterns but some jumping spiders are quite stealthy. They like bright sun, which is how I am able to find them. In fact, I get more on my sleeve than I see on leaves! Like all spiders they can bite but they are not venomous or dangerous. They do seem a bit curious but when they get up on their front legs you know they are not happy. This is not one of the more colorful specimens but certainly among the most approachable. The tiny size makes them a challenge to photograph with any detail. When provoked they can move fast and hide quickly.