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Jumping Spider



± 8 mm - distinctive colored Jumping spider.


Found on ground cover in the garden. Many of these spiders around now.


Always amazes me how they look straight at you and follow you when you move. Love it!

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Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Thank you Kei, so funny you should say that, I have been toiling over the idea for a while now and you are right, we should have a Arachnids mission for our area. Have you started a mission yet? Would you like to create one? I dont mind doing it either, every time I add a spider to the insect mission i cringe. Let me know and if not, Ill start the mission. And thanks so much for the info about books! I have the insect guide south africa book, but have been looking for one about spiders. Do you perhaps also know of a guide book for moths in SA? Looking forward to hear from you.

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 9 years ago

Oh yes, i almost forgot. there are two amazing books available in SA that pertain to this, the "Insectlopedia" and the "GOGGO guide" which you would find most useful. Both these books are authored by Erik Holm.

Kei Heyns
Kei Heyns 9 years ago

Hi Smith's Zoo. Just to let you know, in line with your mission "Insects of the Western Cape", spiders are not in the class Insecta, they belong to the class Arachnida, of the order Araneae. It would be great if you could create another mission titled Arachnids of the western cape to include Scorpions, spiders, harvester men, mites and ticks. Or alternatively the Phylum Arthropoda would include all the classes that people deem to be "insects", that being class Insecta, class Arachnida and so forth. take a look at for a better idea.
Have an awesome day!

Smith Zoo
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Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 8, 2012

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