Common British jumping spiders: Zebra Spider

with No Comments
This black and white spider is appropriately named the Zebra Spider. It was found sitting on a leaf in our garden yesterday.

Two of their eight eyes are disproportionately large and give them excellent eyesight. When photographing them you get the sense that they are watching your every move and if alarmed can suddenly, with a sudden leap, disappear from the camera’s view finder.

Insight into Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus): common in many parts of the UK, they range between 5-8mm in size with the males smaller than the females. Instead of spinning a web to catch prey they jump on them and will feed on a range of insects and other spiders. This jumping spider is frequently found in gardens and shows a preference for sunny walls and south facing banks.

Leave a Reply