Jumping Spiders, Too Cute!
Whatever the fear that one might have for spiders, the jumping spider is by far the least scary. Well, maybe a little cute to. Cute or not, it is a formidable and voracious hunter. It even turns to cannibalism to satisfy it’s appetite.
Jumping Spider feeding on an other spider (Montreal, Canada)
Jumping spiders are generally small. They do vary a little in size and they are found around the world in almost every imaginable color. Despite their small size, they can take on much larger prey. Even grasshoppers measuring ten times their size.
Spider stalking Grasshopper (Sorens, Switzerland)
Compared to spiders that ambush their prey, the jumping spider hunts visually. Its visual hunting tactics allows them to stalk prey in their natural environment. The venom of the jumping spider quickly immobilizes large prey.
Jumping Spider protecting egg sac
While photographing this jumping spider, I realized she was protecting an egg sac. I don’t know if she built the nest or just used the emplacement for her needs. It was not intimidated at all by my presence. I was surprised how a spider could watch its eggs so valiantly.
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