Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Zebra Spider

A few of these on the garden fence today, the zebra spider, Salticus scenicus, is a common and widespread jumping spider and quite small 5-7 millimeters. 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!

Tricky to get a sharp image as they were always on the move!