The Hentzia mitrata, otherwise known as the White-jawed jumping spider, is a species of Salticidae in North America and the Bahama Islands.
White-Jawed jumping spider: Identification.
These small arachnids measure around 1/6 an inch long with females usually larger than males. They are light brown in color with copper hued hairs atop their heads; pale white marks can be seen along its back carapace and edges of its legs – making them easily distinguishable from other spiders.
If you have to have spiders in your house have jumping spiders. The venom from jumping spiders is harmless to humans, and the darn things look cute.
Jumping spiders are truly fascinating arachnids. They don’t wait in their web for a meal; they hunt it down. The male jumping spider woos his potential mate with song and dance. And jumping spiders have excellent vision.
Oh, and jumping spiders can jump. Boy, can they jump!
So, If you just found a jumping spider in your house, wait for a second and read all about it. Then, hopefully, you’ll let it live.
Related: How to identify and get rid of Black Widow Spiders.
Related: How to identify huntsman spiders.
How White-jawed jumping spiders hunt their prey.
Jumping spiders hunt like humans. Some salticid species hunt their prey like human archers hunt deer by taking a high, seated position and then stalking any prey they observe.
Other jumping spiders use the spider version of the “still hunting.” Still hunting is used by bear hunters who continually move, stop, scan, and move again.
Jumping spiders prefer to ambush their prey instead of running after them and chasing them down. To do this, jumping spiders are willing to take the less traveled road. They will take meandering routes climbing trees and branches and circling behind the vegetation, even to the point where they lose visual contact with their target.
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