Dorsal view female ⒸLuc Regniers

Zebra jumping spider

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Jumping spiders have excellent vision. They use it, not only to localize prey, but also to seduce females. The males often have very striking colours and make rythmic movements during courtship. It actually looks like they are dancing. The large jaws of the Zebra jumping spider also play a role during this dance.

Zebra jumping spider (Salticus scenicus)

Web: Jumping spiders don’t make catching webs, but use their large and well developed eyes to spot their prey from far away, sneak closer and pounce it with their short and strong legs.

Habitat: is very often found on walls and fences, sometimes in houses close to a window. Also on stones, rocks and logs. 

How to recognize:

  • very recognizable by the black and white pattern
  • small, compact spider
  • ♂: male with enlarged, black jaws

Looks similar to:

  • In Belgium, there are three more Salticus species with a similar drawing.


♀: 5-7 mm

♂: 5-7mm


♀: May till July

♂: May till June