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Jumping Spider

A Jumping Spider(Salticidae)

Jumping Spiders don't build webs to catch prey, but instead chase bugs down and jump on them! They can literally snatch a fly out of mid air. There are over 5000 species of jumping spider, this LOOKs like it may be Phidippus Audax (Bold Jumpers). But I wouldn't stake my life on it. Spider experts say that to properly identify a spider they frequently have to put it under a microscope.

 

This fat little spider was very shy, which is unusual for Salties. But I finally managed to get it to pose for me.

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Taken on September 28, 2007