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The Bold Jumping Spider is less than a quarter inch in length, and is quite drab in appearance to the casual observer. Upon closer examination, however, it is far from drab. In this photo, its chelicerae shine an iridescent turquoise. These are mouth parts which among other things contain the spider's venom sacs; one red fang is clearly visible beneath.

Jumping spiders' hunting technique has been compared to a cat... stalking its prey and then leaping on the victim to subdue it. This diminutive hunter rests his front legs on a tiny twig just as a human hunter might rest his foot on a log fallen across the trail while he surveys his surroundings.


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