Jumping Spider

We found this spider jumping from one leaf to the other on our citrus trees.

Apparently there are more than 300 species of jumping spider across Australia, so I haven’t been able to narrow this one down to a specific species.  It is an interesting looking spider though – as far as spiders go.  I must admit I am not a spider fan.  However, keeping a species list has meant that I now look at them more closely than I used to do.  From a safe distance, that is!

Information I have read on jumping spiders tells me they rarely bite, and that if they do, it doesn’t cause much damage. Just a little local irritation.

If there are any spider experts out there, I would love to know which species this one is so I can add it to my list.

5 thoughts on “Jumping Spider

  1. I find 8 legged critters intriguing if they are unusual, but most aren’t 😦 We get lots of Redbacks, which I think are rather stunning, even if their bite is problematic! What a great post!

    1. I agree with you! I’m not a spider fan, but the odd one looks interesting. The A – Z Species list I am keeping makes me more careful in looking at spiders than I used to be. Before it would have been a quick exit from me. Now I am beginning to learn what is harmless. Unfortunately, we have some redbacks in our back yard, which is a bit of a worry. I haven’t hung around long enough to photograph those yet, but at some point I probably will. Thanks for your comments! 🙂 Lisa

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