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Jumping Spider - Salticidae

The Jumping Spiders have always been one of my favorites. They have eyes like headlights. They are very responsive to a finger pointed at them and will turn to face it. And they can jump several inches. The Jumping spiders catch their prey by pouncing on it rather than with a web. And they are quite colorful with their red, white and black markings. This first Jumping Spider has a small cricket or grasshopper that it probably found in the mulch nearby. The second posed on my trash can and eventually jumped onto my camera lens for a real closeup.

California Jumping Spider

California Jumping Spider with a small cricket. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

California Jumping Spider

California Jumping Spider on the rim of a trash can.