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Jumping spider hunting behavior


The hunting behaviour of the Salticidae is confusingly varied compared to that of most spiders in other families. Salticids hunt diurnally as a rule, which is consistent with their highly developed visual system. When it detects potential prey, a jumping spider typically begins orienting itself by swivelling its cephalothorax to bring the anterior median eyes to bear. It then moves its abdomen into line with its cephalothorax. After that, it might spend some time inspecting the object of its attention and determining whether a camouflaged or doubtful item of prey is promising, before it starts to stalk slowly forward. When close enough, the spider pauses to attach a dragline, then springs onto the prey. Should it fall, for example if the prey shakes it off, it climbs back up the silk tether. Some species, such as Portia, will actually let themselves down to attack prey such as a web spider apparently secure in the middle of its web.

See how this small female jumping spider successfully captured a grasshopper that is much larger and stronger than she is. The grasshopper tried to escape, but the spider immobilized it using the venom she injected, and the "dragline" helped her hold her position with respect to the prey object.

Nominated by Jee on 2014-05-13 17:01 (UTC)
Scope Nominated as the most valued set of images on Wikimedia Commons within the scope:
Salticidae (Jumping spider), hunting behavior
Pictogram voting comment.svg  Comment Not sure about the possibility considering both the spider and grasshopper (Caelifera)not identified to the species level. Just making an attempt. :) Jee 17:01, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Withdrawing as set nominations are difficult to manage. Jee 11:54, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you. Closed as undecided for archiving. --Myrabella (talk) 10:35, 2 June 2014 (UTC)