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Overview

Huntsman Spiders

The Wolf Spider

The Voracious Water Spider

Orb Web Builders

A Fascinating Sight

Riddle of the St. Andrew's Cross

The Tailed Spider

The Amazing Stick Spider

The Death's Head Spider

Queen of Spinners

The Hairy Imperial Spider

The Beautiful Spiny-Bellied Spider

The Crab Spider

The Jumping Spider

The Flying Spider

Bird-Catching Spiders

A Spider that Barks?

Trap-Door Spiders

The Brown Trap-Door Spider

The Funnel-Web Spider

The Venomous Red-Back Spider

Deadliest of Creatures

       

 

The Jumping Spider

The remarkable little jumping spiders (Attidae) are exceptionally fascinating. Large-eyed, they possess the keenest vision in the spider world, and secure their prey by creeping stealthily toward it, , like a cat stalking a mouse, until, with amazing swiftness and precision, they hurl themselves upon it in a relatively prodigious leap. It is rarely, in-deed, that they miss their mark. But, it is in their courtship that the amazing. behaviour of these spiders is fully revealed. The male and female execute a formal dance, the male being the most active .partner. The female usually watches intently every movement, until in the closing figures she joins him, often in a frenzied pas de deux. In some species the female plays a more active part, and follows her partner almost step by step throughout the complicated figures of the dance, although her actions are possibly more restrained.

The face, palps, and the first or second pair of legs in the male are often decorated with white or yellow brushes of long hair, or with iridescent areas. In his posturing before his prospective mate he displays these to their fullest advantage, as though well aware of their decorative value. Unfortunately, the study of Australian jumping spiders has been sadly neglected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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