Minute jumping spider attempts communication to human

I vow to take macro photos of every jumping spider I encounter. For me, these spiders are the most interesting and probably the most intelligent of all.

The jumping spiders are from the family (Salticidae) which has more than 500 genera described and over 5000 species described . That makes this family the largest of all roughly 13% of all spider species.

Due to their top notch vision, they do not need to build webs and rely more on stalking and jumping their prey. Out of all the spiders, these fellows have the best vision. When stalking, they slowly proximate their prey and will lay down a tether line before the spring. The tether keeps the prey from going too far once the assault is on.

They commonly use their decorated pedipalps for communication between species.

Jumping spiders have some of the most complicated courtship displays, dancing in zigzags while flashing their showy pedipalps to convey romantic messages to their mate.

You will note in the video that the spider looks up at me and moves its bright white feathery pedipalps to convey a message.

What that message may be?

Excuse me? Do you mind? Coming through!

Use your imagination,

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3 Responses to Minute jumping spider attempts communication to human

  1. Irene says:

    Hi Antony,
    I’ve encountered that activity with jumping spiders here in Oregon, too. They seem so intelligent!

  2. I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to leave a comment anyway. During my master’s degree I wrote a paper which discussed (as much as my thesis adviser allowed) universal forms of communication. I was focusing mainly of cephalopods (communication through color and pattern) but seeing your video I wonder over the other display based forms of communication in the animal world. Intelligence and communication in jumping spiders would be a fantastic field of study!

    Anyway, thank you for posting this. It really got me thinking.

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