I originally caught the spiders to show the kids at "Farmtastic!" how jumping spiders catch prey but the day of the feeding both spiders decided to lay eggs! I am now keeping the spiders to document their life cycle and eggs hatching.
Both spiders are mature female jumping spiders from the Phidippus genus. Spiders from this genus are characterized by their iridescent green chelicerae (mouth parts) and usually live 1-2 years. Jumping spiders do not catch prey by spinning webs but by stalking and pouncing on their prey. Their favorite diet consists of flies and crickets. It is actually quite exciting to watch as the spiders are incredibly fast!
Jumping spiders are very friendly and curious spiders. There are many times when I see the spiders observing what I am doing, but when I try to photograph them they run and hide. They are also arguably the most adorable spiders (see many posts such this)! I have several photos of my two cute spiders and will have more soon of the spiderlings!
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