Sitticus pubescens

Sitticus pubescens

I found this small jumping spider in my garage on my freezer door. I had never seen this species of spider before. I only normally see the Zebra Spider  (Salticus scenicus), so this was quite a find. Males and females are similar, except the males have a smaller abdomens. The white pattern patches can be variable. Body length up to 4.5mm.

Sitticus pubescens

They feed on small invertebrates.

They reach maturity in the summer, although the females maybe found throughout the year. Usually found around human habitation, on walls, windows and doors, fences and in outbuildings and houses. Also found under stones, and on tree trunks and fence posts. Locally common and widespread in England and Wales.

Photographs of Sitticus pubescens taken July 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

12 thoughts on “Sitticus pubescens

  1. Wonderful photo, Pete! I like how you got a neutral background, plus perfect focus on all those eyes!

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    1. Thank you very much, Valerie 🙂 I normally like to take photographs of species in their natural environment, but sometimes you just can’t, and you have to try and do the best with what you have.

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  2. The genus name Sitticus made me think of this spider sitting in wait to jump out at its prey.

    Without your saying so, I’d have had no idea the background is a freezer door.

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  3. Nice one!

    Haven’t seen too many jumping spiders myself. They are great fun to photograph but I need a better macro lens to get really decent shots.

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    1. Thank you, Ark 🙂 I haven’ seen that many myself this year. I normally see the Zebra Spider, but even that has not been around so much. Maybe next year.

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  4. Great pictures !I like spiders, and especially salticidae 🙂 they are so cute. I love macro photography, my favorite subject is dragonflies but I am interesting with all the little bugs . Regards

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I enjoy watching and photograping dragonflies also. Macro is my very favourite form of photography. Enjoy your evening.

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