Jumping Spider 1
That moment when there’s a spider on you and you suddenly turn into a black belt karate master.
When I opened my daughter’s bedroom curtains the other morning this little jumping spider fell out onto the duvet cover. It stayed absolutely still, so I had time to fetch my camera and take a few photos. You can even see its little eyes!
Jumping Spider 2
To see how small it is, compare it to the paper clip on the right of the photo. (The bendy white thing, shaped like this to hold up the solar lights on the pelmet.)
Jumping Spider 3
I think she is holding onto her skin or exoskeleton (the stuff underneath her on the right of the photo). Maybe she was moulting and in the process of shedding it? Spiders do this so that they can grow bigger.
Who is she?
She’s definitely a jumping spider. I think, specifically, a female Grey Wall Jumper, Menemerus bivittatus.
If you’re into spiders, here’s the gallery I was looking through last night in order to identify the little spider. Yes, it did take me a while to get to sleep after that!
Jumping spiders (salticids) actively hunt their prey then pounce on it. They don’t spin webs, but do make little silken shelters under leaves. Isn’t that cute?
Jumping spiders do produce venom, but are not considered medically threatening. However, let me tell you from past experience, if they do happen to bite you when you’re sleeping, you will wake up to a very swollen, painful face!
And though she is a little scary, I think she’s also a little cute . . . As long as she’s not on me!