Friday, 27 June 2014

Zebra spider - Salticus scenicus

The zebra spider, Salticus scenicus, is a common and widespread jumping spider and quite small 5-7 millimetres. Like other jumping spiders, it doesn't build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and it’s jumping ability to pounce and capture it. I noticed this one on the wall of my garden shed. It had already pounced and caught the fly and is now moving its prey back to its lair, presumably to devour it!
Its Latin name ‘scenicus’ means of or pertaining to the stage “theatrical” which seemed pretty apt, as it was both dramatic and entertaining to watch!