Posts Tagged ‘inject’

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders have eight eyes and eight legs like other spiders do.  The two center eyes are particularly large.

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 Their size ranges from 1 to 22 millimeters long. And they can move! This one didn’t want its picture taken.

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They inject their victims with venom.

… I think they’re so cute! This one looks like royalty with the way it’s “dressed.”

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An Odd Behavior

They don’t call skippers “skippers” for nothing; they can “skip” away so fast I don’t see them go.

So, when I went in close to take a picture and the skipper stayed there, I knew something was going on.

My suspicions were correct; it was prey to a crab spider. Crab spiders can change color to match the color of the flower they’re on. They ambush their prey, inject it with venom to immobilize it. They then feed until the victim is sucked dry.

The victim was a male fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus). Their wingspan measures 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches.

 When I went out after supper, the skipper lay on the ground. I twisted the stem of the salvia to see the spider. Females are much bigger than the males.