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Collage of jumping spiders. Habitat

Jumping spiders forage for their prey in the daytime and may be seen on windows, walls, or other areas where insect prey may be drawn to. They approach a prey slowly and, when close, make a sudden leap upon it. Before jumping they attach a silken thread or safety line which is used to climb back if they miss their target. 



These spiders are small to medium in size, with stout bodies and short legs. The group has a distinctive eye pattern, composed of 3 or 4 pairs, with the largest pair in the center. The body is rather hairy and if often brightly colored or iridescent. Jumping spiders are not venomous, though as with all spiders, bites may cause reactions in certain individuals. 



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