Thursday, July 26, 2007

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius)

Jumping spiders do not build conventional webs. Instead, they rely upon their keen eyesight and quick speed to ambush their prey by literally jumping on them. However, when they do jump, jumping spiders string out a single web filament. That way, if they miss, they have a way of climbing back up that strand to their original perch.

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Anonymous said...

Fine photos - that's a superb jumping spider species, not one I;ve seen before, but then I've only seen a few!

Marvin said...

Thanks, Tom. I really need to get back to IDing (via BugGuide)photos I took over the summer. My desire to take photo greatly exceeds my ability to identify what I've taken.