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  • Tan Jumping Spider - (Platycryptus undatus)

    Tan Jumping Spider - (Platycryptus undatus)

    The small, but mighty, Tan Jumping Spider can leap distances that cover more than 5 times its own body length.

    Staff Writer (2/11/2014): A member of Salticidae, this spider jumps to ambush its prey instead of creating webs. They are fast runners and spring on top of the insect they plan to eat. As they leap toward them, a strand of spider silk is shot at the insect to keep it in tow should the spider miss its target. This strand is called a dragline. They also use their spider silk to make little shelters out of dead leaves and other debris when they are not actively hunting. They are believed to overwinter and hibernate in large groups together until spring.

    The Tan Jumping Spider is known to be friendly when handled gently by humans and it has a reputation for being curious about people. They are not inclined to bite, but may do so if handled roughly. They have keen vision; the best out of what we know regarding spider sight.

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    Tan Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Tan Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Platycryptus undatus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Salticidae
           Genus: Platycryptus
            Species: undatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 13mm (0.39in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: tan; white; black; gray

    Additional Descriptors: jumping, biting, venomous, hairy, tiny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; 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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