This little jumping spider had her back to me. At the sound of the shutter she quickly turned to examine me with four of her eyes.
I was started by her examination, and she spent quite a while looking at me before walking away.
I thought at the time how intelligently she seemed to be assessing me, and was interested to read this recent article about a study happening now in New Zealand which exactly described her behaviour.
“Jumping spiders are one of the smartest animals on the planet for their size, given that typically they measure less than one centimetre,” says EPA scientist Dr Clark Ehlers.
“They have exceptional visual and spatial abilities, and researchers will investigate how they are able to forward map and execute decisions using these skills.”
The spiders have an almost 360 degree field of view. Four or six secondary eyes act as motion detectors, and when something of interest is detected the spider spins around to bring its two large, forward-facing primary eyes to bear.
“This sophisticated visual system is vastly superior to their closest insect rivals, and approaches that of primates,” notes Canterbury University Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Dr Ximena Nelson. “This is a stunning demonstration of evolutionary design and miniaturisation that, were it understood, would make our best robotics engineers weep.”
11 thoughts on “Jumping Spider”
This little spider looks quite lovable.
I think so, what is it about fluffiness that makes creatures seem lovable? 🙂
So cute and tiny.
I thought so, and I think they eat mosquitos. 🙂
I suppose if you are going to jump a lot you would need to see where you were going to land 🙂 Have you seen this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_yYC5r8xMI. They are the first spiders that I have found that I could appreciate. Amelia
Amazing! What a cool video! I like spiders anyway since that catch wasps and flies, but that one is fantastic!
Stunning! A real nice capture.
Thank you 🙂
Oh yes those eyes are seeing and thinking!
I have to disagree. Still creepy. However, spiders and I have an agreement. If they leave me alone, I will do the same. Great shots though.