Jumping spiders!

I think most of you will have seen the great video by Jürgen Otto’s of the jumping spider Maratus speciosus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI.  It is coming up on six million views now.  I really like some of the other ones that are set to music like the YMCA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYIUFEQeh3g which always makes me laugh.

However, I had never expected to see a jumping spider waving its legs at me in real life.  Especially not on the dining room table.

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I would like to point out here that it is only 5mm. and apart from scuttling very rapidly – it can jump.

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Even a bad photograph is better than none as I am not sure whether I would have believed it myself since the famous Maratus spider is a native of Australia.

Working back with the help of Wiki I found out that there is a large family of Salicidae or Jumping spiders and there are members of this family present in Europe.  My spider bears a striking resemblance to Saitis-barbipes which is present in France.

I feel rather favoured that he waved his fluffy orange legs at me before skilfully disappearing under the books and papers on the table.

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29 thoughts on “Jumping spiders!

  1. I was bitten by a jumping spider when I was about 7. I screamed not because it really hurt but because I was so surprised. I think it jumped on me, I tried to flick it away and that’s when it bit me. 😀

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    • That could be a great conversation starter, “I remember the time…” Just joking, but it can’t have happened to too many people unless they are the really outdoorsy type. But it is a bit tough for a little girl. Has it left you with a dislike of spiders? My particular gripe against spiders was that they had at least four too many legs. Amelia

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    • I used to run a mile when I saw a spider but I feel different about them now. That video has changed my idea of spiders but I did not realise they were so small. I do not know how he managed to take such a sharp video. Close up the colours are beautiful and they look quite velvety. Mine was cute too but I was starting to wonder if I had lost it. Orange striped spiders? Amelia

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  2. Not seen this one around here…. or not noticed?…..we have the far more common Zebra Spider…. same shape head end… longer body…. to me, they look like little tractors with their headlights [the large eyes] so close together. The Zetor tractor has the same profile radiator!
    Great pix….

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    • Actually, they are not too closely linked and are not true spiders. These jumping spiders belong to the order Araneae and the camel spiders belong in another order the Solifugae. It is always handy to see how they are classified as sometimes the same classifications result in similar looking individuals from the exterior and sometimes the reverse. The classification gives us the best idea of how closely they are related in evolutionary terms. Amelia

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