Little Jumpers

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Today we are going to look for little Jumpers.  Most people call them Jumping Spiders or Salti’s as they are from the Salticidae family.

Yes, I jump too, but only when Mom has a treat for me. 😄

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We found one!  They love to hide behind the leaves.  Mom says they are our friends and do not need to be killed.  We have quite a few of them in our home as well.

They love flies!  Where was this one when that fly landed on my nose? 😅

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This little one’s scientific name is Hyllus argyrotoxus and she is a female.  Mom found her name from Jumping Spiders of South Africa website and the lady there, Vida van der Walt, takes the most amazing photos of them.  She also loves them as much as we do.

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They have the most amazing eyes and it looks like they are wearing sunglasses.   Jumping spiders have some of the best vision among arthropods and use it in courtship, hunting, and navigation.

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We also found another beautiful Hyllus argyrotoxus female.  She was guarding her cute little babies, so we did not bother her and Mom only took a few photos.

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Mom said we must leave them just where they are, so they can grow up and catch the flies and other pests that doesn’t belong in our garden or home.

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Mom says this little cutie is one of the Thyene species.  As of 1 February 2019, the Salticidae family contained 636 described genera and 6115 described species of jumping spiders found in South Africa, all of which have venom that is considered to be harmless to humans.

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When Mom finds them, some of them will jump on her hand and they will talk to each other.  They seem to know Mom will not hurt them and not one of them ever bit Mom.  Some people say they bite, but Mom says it’s not true at all and she would know, as she has handled quite a few of them.

In some cases, jumping spiders will bite in defense and are more likely to run away from people than attack them.

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Unfortunately these spiders have been given a bad reputation by most people, even some in the medical profession, where they get the blame for mysterious (sometimes septic) bite marks on humans.

The fact is that a simple house fly is more dangerous to your health than the jumping spider.

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Mom found another cutie from the species, Hasarius adansoni.  Such big names for such little spiders. 😁

This one was also not scared of her.  Mom says these little spiders are more afraid of us, than we are of them, but she loves it when they are not scared of her, because then she can take lots of photos of them. 🙂

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The jumping spider is also the world’s first bungee jumper. When they spot a fly, they first secure silk to whatever steadfast surface they are standing on, then they jump at high speed towards the fly. That way, even if they miss, they won’t fall to the ground but can simply pull themselves up to safety.

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So, whenever you see a tiny little Jumper, remember they are a great asset in our homes and gardens and you do not need to be scared of them.  Just let them roam free and they will catch all the pesky flies, mosquitoes and other pests.

Wishing everyone a great and relaxing weekend.

Rambo xxx

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12 thoughts on “Little Jumpers

  1. Sjoe, Rambo, ek sal nooit kan stilsit dat een op my loop nie. Mooi foto’s

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    1. Dan moet jy my sien. Ek sit doodstil dat die dingetjie op my loop en dan spring dit ewe kordaat op ma se vinger en kyk vir haar. Sy is baie lief vir hulle.

      Dankie vir die mooi kommentaar en dankie vir die inloer. 😀

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  2. OMGoodness, R. You and your mama are so smart and so courageous. Mom says the spiders need to have their little ecosystem OUTSIDE the railing of our balcony. She is not as earth friendly as she should be. She often threatens to burn down the house and move when she sees a bug or spider. So far, she hasn’t done it…. She is learning a lot from your mama.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    1. Hahahaha! Mom and I had such a good laugh now. Threatening to burn the house down. hahahaha! I am glad she hasn’t done it yet and please tell her she will never need to. Spiders catch all the nasty bugs that bite us and Mom calls them our friends. 🙂

      Thank you for the lovely compliment Cupcake. You and your mom are just so sweet. Lots of hugs and kisses from us. xxx

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  3. Ek was nog altyd bang dis hulle wat mens in die nag byt as jy slaap, maar nou sal ek hulle in vrede los…nie dat ek kans kry om hulle dood te maak nie, hulle is te vinnig vir my! Ek vang die reenspinnekoppe met n glas en ‘n stuk papier dan gooi ek hulle uit. Maar hulle het my al beloon met ‘n byt of twee……

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    1. Nee wat, glo my dis nie hulle nie. Ma het een wat agter die bedlampie slaap en in die oggende kom hy uit ook en groet vir ons, spring op die muur en gaan soek dan goggas wat ons byt as ons slaap.

      Ma sê dis haar droom om eendag ‘n reënspinnekop af te neem. Sy dink hulle is te pragtig! Hulle klink nes ek. Ek byt maar ook as ek skrik. Gelukkig is ons nie giftig nie. Ons is ook baie bly dat jy hulle wegvat en nie doodmaak nie. Jy is tog te oulik! 😀

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  4. Hulle is nogal oulik. Ons leef ook in vrede saam met ‘n verskeidenheid van spinnerasies en reptiele. Ek word net vies vir diegene wat ‘n web spin in die hoekies van die kamermure en die gekkos wat wat hulle visitekaartjies oral los.

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    1. Hulle is omtrent ja en dis altyd goed om te hoor en sien hoe meeste mense in vrede leef saam met hulle.

      hahaha! visitekaartjies nogals. Ja, ons het ook baie van hulle hier en ma sê sy wens hul wil bietjie hier spin want sy mis dit. Hier is nie rerig webspinnekoppe nie. Net so nou en dan. 😀

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  5. 🤔 I think Peter Parker was also a bungee jumper… 😋

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  6. Ai,klein Rambo…fantastiese, ongelooflike foto’s! Vertel vir jou ma, hierdie spinnekoppies is my gunstelinge. Ek tel hulle gereeld op en is nog nooit deur een gebyt nie. Ek is altyd bly as ek een in my huis kry. Ek wens ook mense wil ophou om hierdie onskuldige wesentjies so uit te roei met gif!

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    1. Baie dankie vir die mooi kompliment Bytjie. Ma het gelees en nou sit sy weer en bloos. 😅 Sy sê ook sy is so baie bly jy hou ook van hulle, want hulle is tog te dierbaar en pragtig. Nou nie so dierbaar en pragtig soos ek nie, bygesê, maar darem. 😀

      Ons is ook bly daar is nog iemand wat weet hul byt nie. Hoekom sal hul groot reuse in elk geval wil byt? Hulle het net genoeg gif vir die goggas. 😀

      Ja, ma sê ook daai ding. Dis sommer nonsens dat mense so vinnig spring vir die gif. Dit doen meer skade as enige gif wat spinnekoppies het.

      Baie dankie vir die lekker inloer. Ons waardeer dit so baie. xxx

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