Jumping Spider (Various spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Jumping Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 1/10/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Small bodies belie the power of Jumping Spiders, an amazing group of hunters that go above and beyond what others can do.
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.