The zebra spider, Salticus scenicus, is a common household jumping spider. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their ‘curiosity’ when observed by humans; many seem aware of their audience and seem to respond to observation by raising their heads and studying the observer, as this little guy is doing right here. They barely reach 1/4 inch in length. I had to crop this photo down a bit because he was so small. I used my Nikon D3100 with an 85mm macro lens. This was taken in my back yard in Rockaway, NJ.