Salticus scenicus

Salticus scenicus

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Salticus scenicus is one of the more common species of jumping spider. Its attractive colouration makes it easy to identify, as well as their distinctive jumping behaviour. These spiders are compact and small; the eyes arranged in such a way they can almost perceive their surroundings through a 360-degree lens. These adaptations enable jumping spiders to effectively zone in on prey, assess it's distance, before leaping on top of it. In the garden, these spiders can be seen on sunny walls and fences, where they await their next meal!
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Traits

Jumping spiders are common garden residents that can provide some pest control services.

Appearance

A small spider, a zebra spider gets its name from the black and white stripey patterning on the abdomen. There are several species of jumping spider in the UK that looks similar to this one. These spiders are tiny, not falling much smaller than a centimetre.

Symptoms

These spiders can provide pest removal services for the garden.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Salticidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

These spiders have been recorded in Europe and Asia. They have intercepted the USA and have become established in California.

Biological treatment

Jumping spiders can be used as a natural form of biocontrol in the garden. Encourage them to your green spaces by using bug friendly habitats, or by allowing some parts of the garden to grow wild!

Chemical treatment

It's not recommended to remove beneficial creatures from the garden.
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