Jumping spiders in the family Salticidae are very common spiders found throughout North America. In fact with over 4,400 known species Worldwide they are the largest group of spiders. Many of us are familiar with the furry black spiders that appear in our homes and crawl across our ceilings. These uninvited guests cause quite a stir among arachna-phobes. They can be intimidating with their habit of moving quickly and often times jumping at their prey or even you! One day while out exploring the gardens I came across a web of sorts attached to the leaf of a milkweed. I had no idea what was in it, but I could see movement. Being the ever curious person I am, I just had to figure this out.I gently peeled apart the very end of the web, and imagine my surprise when these large adorable eyes peeked back at me. I did not realize these spiders created a web like this and I just had to know what she was hiding.
As you can see by this picture she was protecting eggs.Once I realized what she was doing (being a good momma) I felt bad for disturbing her and exposing her eggs. I felt so thick-headed for not figuring out that she was guarding eggs. After all it was obvious that is what she HAD to be doing. Sometimes I am so dense.While I see these spiders all the time, I've yet to witness this behavior before this occasion. Of all the spiders found around our farm these and crab spiders are my favorites. They almost seem to possess a personality. Not to mention they are crazy cute.