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.
High resolution photos of the California Jumping Spider are part of our garden image collection.