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