Jump into 2021 with the jumping spider!

We have reported on the bird, plant, and insect of the year... but there is yet another award! Fanfares sound to the invertebrate of the year - the jumping spider (Salticus)!

The Latvian Entomological Society has brought the whole jumping spider Salticidae family into the spotlight this year. Three species are known to jump around Latvia: Salticus cingulatus, Salticus scenicus and Salticus zebraneus. In Latvian, the name of the family comes precisely from the latter - the 'zebra spider', due to its beautiful pattern.

Jumping spiders do indeed jump - entomologists say they are likely to do a little swaying dance (a tarantella perhaps?) before leaping upwards. Younger ones might even use a strand of their web to travel Spiderman-style with the wind.

However, these arachnids are not known for their web design skills and are quite small, which combined with their impressive jump technique makes for a game of now you see me -- now you don't. 

In case you catch one of these in the now you see me state, you are welcome to report sightings and post photos on Dabasdati.lv.  

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