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When I cut a bloom from our hydrangea, I was surprised to see a little jumping spider (Salticidae). This particular spider measured about 3/16" in length. I added a 4x close-up lens to my Minolta A1 and shot it in macro mode, zoomed in tightly. Edited in MS Picture It 7 to crop and sharpen.

Some things you might find interesting about jumping spiders:

* Their family, Salticidae, comes from the Latin word "saltus", meaning "to jump".

* They don't weave webs, but do spin shelters and egg sacs

* They have the keenest eyesight of all spiders

* They can walk backwards as well as forwards

* They can jump 20 times their body length

* They pounce on their prey rather than ensnare it in webs

* They are the spider which most bites people (they jump when startled and bite)

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