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Zebra Spider acrobat I'm always full of joy when finding a jumping spider, as it is a favorite macro subject, and I don't see them often. However, it's very hard to keep track of them. This one jumped from a pole into our garden onto the lawn, where I was able to find it again. Up, down, sideways are all no issue for this spider. Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Macro,Netherlands,Salticus scenicus,Spring,Zebra spider Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Zebra Spider acrobat

I'm always full of joy when finding a jumping spider, as it is a favorite macro subject, and I don't see them often. However, it's very hard to keep track of them. This one jumped from a pole into our garden onto the lawn, where I was able to find it again. Up, down, sideways are all no issue for this spider.

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  1. Jumpers are such fun little spiders. They are bold and curious and so animated. Looks like you got to have quite a good time with this one. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Absolutely! I find most insects interesting for photography and cool to photograph, yet I find few to be in particular cute or attractive, and deep down there's even a fear of them. Not so much for jumping spiders. I find them funny, fascinating, and very playful. I wish I would find them more often, I could easily spend several hours just tracking one. Posted 4 years ago
    2. Thank you for the promotion by the way, at the same time I had self-promoted another one (my favorite of the series). Which one shall stay? Posted 4 years ago
      1. Leave them both :) - the front on one is great and sharp, but I love this one as it's not the typical jumper presentation. Posted 4 years ago
        1. Thank you :) Theatrical jumpers deserve two slots. Posted 4 years ago
  2. I love jumping spiders! great shot Ferdy! Not sure if you've seen this site before but its got lots of good info http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider1.htm ^_^ Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
    1. Thank you, Darryl. That's indeed a great site, I've come across it many times when doing searches. I believe it is also in our identification guide:

      http://www.jungledragon.com/species/guide
      Posted 4 years ago
  3. I've said it before and i'll say it again...I LOVE JUMPERS!! they are amazing...my favourite is the Portia or Peacock. But we get the Zebra's here in the UK, but they seldom stay still enough to get a good capture, so well done Ferdy for capturing this so well. I have a video i took of one which i might just post...its a bit silly with some comedy music over it...just a bit of fun ;) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Please do post that video, I look forward to it. I still have to build up my skill in actually finding them, it's my 3rd year of macro already and the number of jumping spider encounters is 3 or 4. Posted 4 years ago
  4. Just posted it on the forum/cinema section Ferdy!
    Posted 4 years ago

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The zebra spider, ''Salticus scenicus'', is a common jumping spider. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their awareness of humans. Upon noticing someone observing them, they can be seen raising their head, and usually change behavior .

Similar species: Spiders
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jul 10, 2015. Captured May 15, 2015 18:03 in Beemdstraat 6, 5384 LB Heesch, Netherlands.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/11.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm