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Scientific Name: Salticus scenicus
Common Name: Zebra Spider
Salticus scenicus is the most common of the British zebra spiders. Like other jumping spiders, it does not build a web. The most distinctive feature of these spiders is their two very large front eyes, which give them excellent binocular vision.
It uses its four pairs of large eyes to locate prey and its jumping ability, cat-like, to pounce and capture it. Zebra spiders are often noted for their awareness of humans. Upon noticing someone observing them, they can be seen raising their head, and usually change behavior.
The black stripes make them easily recognisable; the female has a black abdomen with white stripes whereas the male has a brown abdomen with white stripes. Common and widespread in the southern half of Britain but becoming scarce in Scotland.
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