Jumping Spider

This tiny little Jumping Spider (about 5mm in size) caught my attention as he was trying to catch a teeny little fly, i grabbed my super cheap plastic EF-50mm 1.8 lens and added all my extension tubes but by the time i was set up he had already claimed his prize. He did sit nicely for me as i popped off a few shots from about an inch away…

The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains more than 500 described genera and about 5,000 described species,[2]  making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.[3]  Jumping spiders have good vision and use it for hunting and navigating. They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk  tether. Both their book lungs and the tracheal system are well-developed, as they depend on both systems (bimodal breathing).

Jumping spiders are known for their curiosity. If approached by a human hand, instead of scuttling away to safety as most spiders do, the jumping spider will usually leap and turn to face the hand. Further approach may result in the spider jumping backwards while still eyeing the hand. The tiny creature will even raise its forelimbs and hold its ground. It may even jump on the hand. Because of this contrast to other arachnids, the jumping spider is regarded as inquisitive as it is seemingly interested in whatever approaches it.

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The jumping spider family (Salticidae) contains more than 500 described genera and about 5,000 described species,[2]  making it the largest family of spiders with about 13% of all species.[3]  Jumping spiders have good vision and use it for hunting and navigating. They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk  tether. Both their book lungs and the tracheal system are well-developed, as they depend on both systems (bimodal breathing).

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