Zebra Jumping Spiders

First identified in 1757, the zebra jumping spider (Salticus scenicus) is one of the most common jumping spider species.

Zebra jumping spiders are easily identified by characteristic black and white stripes along the abdomen. Adult zebra spiders have stout bodies that rarely exceed 8 mm in length. Females grow slightly larger than males, which are darker in color. Like other jumping spider species, zebra jumping spiders have eight eyes. They are known for their excellent eyesight.

Zebra jumping spiders are widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere and can be found in Europe, America and Asia. Large populations may also be located in England. These arachnids dwell in various habitats, such as foliage, rock formations and trees. They are also considered common garden spiders and may accidentally be brought indoors. Inside, zebra spiders reside on doorways, walls, windows and other vertical surfaces.

Zebra jumping spiders do not weave webs, but stalk and ambush prey instead. In general, zebra jumping spiders attack prey of the same size or smaller than they are. However, they may also attack larger prey like larger insects or even other spiders.