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Fun Stuff

Jumping spiders are an amazing creatures and inspired many creators to write books, make photography, toys and research related to jumping spiders.

Here are some of best ones out there!

Books:

For those of you who is into books there are couple that feature jumping spiders and I believe are worth reading.

Children of Time (by Adrian Tchaikovsky)

Adrian Tchaikovksy’s critically acclaimed novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare (or jumping spider lover paradise).
Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space (by Darcy Pattison)

The Amazing Voyage of Nefertiti, the SpidernautMost spiders spin a web and passively wait for prey to come to them. Jumping spiders, by contrast, actively hunt by jumping to catch their food. What if a jumping spider was sent to the International Space Station? When it jumped, it would simply float. No one knew if the spider could hunt in a weightless environment.This nonfiction picture book for elementary kids chronicles the amazing voyage of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut to the International Space Station and back. She’s a Phiddipus johnsonii, or Johnson jumping spider, native to western United States. Her colorful anatomy—red, black and teal—made for stunning photography and video. In 2012, Nefertitti clocked a record-breaking 100 days in space, during which time she circled Earth about 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles. Astronaut Sunita Williams, Captain U.S. Navy said, “It was a suspense story for me as it happened. I didn’t know if she would survive when I unpacked her for the first time, or when I packed her up and sent her back home to Earth.”This is an astonishing story of change: through the dark and cold, in spite of being weightless and isolated, this incredible spider adapted and learned to hunt. Against all odds, she survived to return to Earth, where she had to re-adapt to Earth’s gravity. Nefertiti’s story of survival brings hope that we, too, can adapt to a changing world.Join Nefertiti in this inspiring journey into space.

 

Youtube:

Lucas the spider

Lucas the spider is probably the most popular jumping spider in history and single handedly is responsible for curing arachnophobia in many people! And for a good reason, he is soo cute!!

Macro photography and jumping spiders

If you are interested in macro photography and love jumping spiders, you are in luck, because hey make amazing models and are easy to practice on. Looking for insects outdoors can be a difficult task, but by having couple at home will allow you to practice any day.

Check out Stewart Wood youtube channel for jumping spider macro photography tutorials:

 

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