One of my grand kids called my attention to
this bold jumping spider, stalking an insect on a rock in my front
garden. This is one of the most common jumping spiders.
They sometimes bite humans, but it is not serious.
The white markings on the abdomen are key
identifying characteristics. The jumping spiders don't spin webs
to capture prey, but stalk and pounce, like a lion. They have
very good eyesight. My wife found this spider in the kitchen
sink, and captured it under an overturned glass until I could take
Here's looking at you. You can see the
bright, metallic green of the chelicerae (jaws), and the four largest
eyes, which are pointed forward. The other eyes are on the sides
of its head. Yes, this spider is in a plastic container. I
always keep some available for this purpose.