Salticus scenicus

Salticus scenicus

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A macro shot of a zebra jumping spider on a leaf Salticus scenicus on a leaf
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Salticus scenicus is a 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. They have superb vision which helps them to target and pursue prey. They're able to jump large distances in relation to their size. Their eyes help them to calculate distance and depth. See them on garden walls, patios and fences on the hunt for prey.
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Traits

Common garden spiders and excellent hunters.

Appearance

Adults: A small spider (under 1 cm or 0.4 inches), a zebra spider gets its name from the black and white stripey patterns on the abdomen. There are several species of jumping spider in the UK that look similar to this one.

Activity

Diurnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Salticidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

The UK and Europe, Asia, and North America

Biological treatment

Jumping spiders can be used as biocontrol in the garden. Encourage them to your green spaces by using bug friendly habitats and allow some parts of the garden to grow wild! Alternatively, you can cut back on mowing and reduce the usage of harmful garden chemicals.

Chemical treatment

It's not recommended to remove spiders from the garden.
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