Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum )
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Hentz Jumping Spider.
Updated: 1/20/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Hentz Jumping Spider prefers to launch itself at its prey rather than build and maintain a web.
Hentz Jumping Spider is a member of the Salticidae family. It is not very large; none of the jumping spiders are. Rather than use silk webs to catch its prey, this spider literally pounces on it. It can cover great distances for a tiny spider.
It is quite fast at jumping away from perceived threats, like observing humans. This makes it difficult to get a close look that it. If it is making an attack, it will release a strand of spider silk (called a dragline) as it leaps to attach to the prey and keep it from escaping. The other use for its silk to to create small covered burrows for shelter.