The jumping spiders (Salticidae) represent one of the largest, most varied, and most beautiful families of spiders. With their complex courtship rituals, acute eyesight, remarkable predatory behavior, and advanced navigation skills, salticids could provide many lifetimes of study. These small spiders are often at their most striking when observed face-to-face to appreciate their enlarged ocelli and facial coloration. North America is home to many beautiful species, including the species found and photographed alive, below. Although these portraits don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the what the Americas hold in terms of Salticid diversity, they should serve as a nice introduction to these spiders’ otherworldly beauty.
Poster includes 56 different portraits of dozens of different American species photographed by Thomas Shahan.