Sunday, February 6, 2022

My Spider

This spider showed up at my place a few weeks ago. Click to enlarge. It's a female tan jumping spider, Platycryptus undatus. She watched me while I took her picture.

I've read that tan jumping spiders are famous for being curious about humans, that they approach us and seem to be checking us out. Seems to be happening here, right? She's darned cute for a spider.

Here's her top side. She's about half an inch from tip to tip. Jumping spiders do not spin webs. They stalk insect prey, spitting a strand of silk called a drag line at the victim before pouncing. They can jump approximately five times their body length. I'm really glad she didn't do that during our photo shoot!

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