Thursday, October 22, 2009

Metaphid Jumping Spider

This is a small Metaphid jumping spider, they are usually 1/8 to 1/4 inch in size. Their color ranges from brown to yellow and they look gray due to the dense covering of hair over their body and legs. They get their name from the huge leaps they make when pouncing on their prey. They have eight eyes, the largest pair faces forward which gives them binocular vision. Jumping spiders have the sharpest vision of all spiders and are excellent hunters. They do not spin webs as other spiders do but make small silk like shelters under leaves and rocks. Click on the picture for a closer look.