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This is my own photo, adapted – not a coloured sketch. The hand-drawn effect was an outcome I hadn’t planned but was very pleased by!
Using the Serif 9 software package, I had applied Effects>Sharpen+Sharpen more, then Image>Adjust>Image size to enlarge fourfold; which does not generally produce such a drawn-by-hand appearance.
I believe this to be a male Zebra spider, also called Zebra jumper, or Zebra jumping spider: Salticus scenicus, one of the Salticidae (jumping spiders).. about 6mm long. They dart about in sudden spurts.
I saw him in Rosyth Halt railway station, northbound-platform shelter, Fife, Scotland, about 3pm BST, 25th June 2009.
He was not interested in a dead fly I offered, but he readily stepped onto my finger, which surprised me. Apparently this is characteristic of the species: they are curious and entertainingly responsive, not shy as one might expect.
I think it’s a cute creature!