Did you know the largest family of spiders is Salticidae? These are the Jumping spiders.
Isn’t it great that the largest spider family is also the one most beloved by the general public?
This makes Jumpers good spider ambassadors. They are the “attractive poster children” for many more interesting species.
It is easy to anthropomorphize them with their two large forward-facing human like eyes and cute inquisitive way they look at the world around them.
Go ahead and be suckered by their cuteness. Let them be the gateway spider to lure you in. If this makes humans more tolerant of all spider species, I am totally on board. Haha.
Also, if you or anyone you know appreciates the important role of arthropods and would like to get involved on a deeper level and support my photography and conservation efforts, please visit Patreon.com/KarlaThompson
The pollinators and I thank you!
Nikon D3x, Nikkor 200mm macro, ISO100, 1/60, F10, two diffused SB200 flash heads, tripod
December 2016, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica