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ZEBRA SPIDER


This cute little jumping spider was on our patio, but we have seen them inside the house on the bathroom windowsill. We don’t need to worry about cobwebs, though, because cat-like they stalk their prey, with two big front-facing eyes, before pouncing. They have eight eyes altogether. Their diet consists of even smaller spiders and insects, though they sometimes take creatures up to three times their size. The male’s courtship dance involves it waving its pedipalps (front appendages exclusive to males) and moving its abdomen up and down.


Photo by Ann Riley

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