Zebra jumping spider

zebra jumping spider, Salticus scenicus

Zebra jumping spider - Salticus scenicus

Overall size: 8mm

Season: spring through to autumn

A small spider with white and black markings and a characteristic jerky ‘start and stop’ movement. Usually found hunting on external walls and surfaces but frequently venturing indoors through open doors and windows.

This group of spiders do not use webs to catch their prey but actively hunt by day. They have large eyes and ambush small insects by pouncing on them.

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