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  • Jumping Spider - (Various spp.)

    Jumping Spider - (Various spp.)

    Small bodies belie the power of Jumping Spiders, an amazing group of hunters that go above and beyond what others can do.

    Staff Writer (11/6/2017): Jumping Spiders are in the Salticidae family. "Salto" in Latin means leap, or jump as seen in dancing. These tiny, sometimes hairy spiders jump up onto insect prey or objects that provide better line-of-sight. They jump over obstacles, sometimes landing on people, dogs and other stationary objects between them and a hunting ground. They jump away from threats. The distances they cover in one leap are extraordinary considering their size. They are credited with keen eyesight and curiosity, often staring back at the humans observing them.

    They are not aggressive and do not set out to bite people. They are active hunters and are more interested in moving on to an area that may offer a meal. They are commonly found on the ground outside in leaf litter and lawns. They wander indoors and onto sofas, where they seem to creep up on unsuspecting humans watching television. They are considered harmless though, and they often 'transfer' their magnificent leaping ability to supremely startled humans.

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    Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Various spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Salticidae
           Genus: Various
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 9mm (0.16in to 0.35in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, white

    Additional Descriptors: fast, furry, hairy, jumping, leaping, eyes

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * 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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