Jumping spiders are generally active day hunters. Their well-developed internal hydraulic system extends their limbs by altering the pressure of body fluid (blood) within them. This enables the spiders to jump without having large muscular legs like a grasshopper. Most jumping spiders can jump several times the length of their body. When a jumping spider is moving from place to place, and especially just before it jumps, it tethers a filament of silk to whatever it is standing on. Should it fall for one reason or another, it climbs back up the silk tether. They do not rely on a web to catch their prey. Instead, these spiders stalk their prey. They use their superior eyesight to distinguish and track their intended meals, often for several inches. Then, they pounce, giving the insect little to no time to react before succumbing to the spider’s venom. I found this little guy in the same place I found him a few days ago. He must live in one of the legs of this old wire fence. This was taken in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Nikon Coolpix L110 digital camera.


arachnid, hunter, jumping spider, spider

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 4 years ago

    I just learned about these little guys this year – davvi from China captures these then one day in the woods – I saw one here in Ontario – not to sure where you found this one – it is amazing they are around the world. Wonderful Capture! They are amazing little ones.

  • Thanks for stopping by Rose. Jumping spiders are the most abundant species of spider in the world. If you take the time to look around, you’ll have no trouble finding some. They are EVERYWHERE! :)

    – William Brennan

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    My favourite spiders, love those eyes!

    3 September 2010 (one a day)

  • Thanks Trish! They are pretty cool. This guy was trying to intimidate me. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760almost 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Macro Magic!

  • Thanks so much Colin. Getting a feature is always a nice bonus. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Heather-Jayne
    Heather-Jaynealmost 4 years ago

    just awesome. Cool title too :) congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you Heather. The title seemed appropriate. LOL

    – William Brennan

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

  • Your welcome Jaclyn. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossalmost 4 years ago

    A great photo, William. Congratulations on your feature :-)

  • Thanks Neil. He made it pretty easy. :)

    – William Brennan

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 4 years ago

    Okay guys cant we quit talking about jumping spiders, i don’t like the other kind at all so know I wouldn’t like the ones that jump.. it is cute tho, and colorful! Just makes me shiver to look at him he looks so real!!

  • He IS real for one. LOL. He is also… VERY TINY!! He probably would fit in a dime all scrunched up like that. Don’t be scared! ;)

    – William Brennan

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 4 years ago

    i think u’rs is cuter then mine….lol
    i’m not a huge fan of spiders (at all) but every now and then I like the furry jumpers like this.

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