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  • Hentz Jumping Spider - (Hentzia palmarum )

    Hentz Jumping Spider - (Hentzia palmarum )

    Hentz Jumping Spider prefers to launch itself at its prey rather than build and maintain a web.

    Staff Writer (1/20/2014): 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.

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    Hentz Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Hentz Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Hentzia palmarum

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Salticidae
           Genus: Hentzia
            Species: palmarum

    Size (Adult, Length): 3mm to 5mm (0.12in to 0.20in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; tan; yellow; white

    Additional Descriptors: jump, stripes, band, biting, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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