Subject: a golden leaf dwelling spider from Costa Rcia
Location: Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica
January 4, 2016 9:43 am
Took this pick of a leaf nesting spider in costa rica and I am having a hard time identifying it. She was very aware of her surroundings and watched my every move as I set up the camera for the shot.
Signature: Michael K
Your images are quite wonderful. This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae. Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey, but rather hunt, often jumping on their prey from a substantial distance away. Because they hunt instead of passively awaiting prey to wander into a web, Jumping Spiders like other hunting spiders including Wolf Spiders, need better eyesight. As you observed, the vision of Jumping Spiders is quite good. Though they do not build webs to snare prey, some Jumping Spiders, like your individual, do spin shelters for protection. We will attempt to provide you with a species identification, but our initial attempt proved fruitless.
That is marvelous, Daniel, thank you!