Jumping Spiders Are Really Smart

Jumping spiderA tiny jumping spider has caught a cricket and is eating it, sitting on a leaf.

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Though their brains are tiny, scientists have proven that jumping spiders are especially smart and can learn. Here are a few examples:

  • Some jumping spider species, in contrast to others, prepare well-rehearsed pathways to pursue their food. This talent is usually seen only in bigger predators. They may even predict where hidden prey may be found and find them.
  • The subfamily Spartaeinae includes jumping spiders that perform spectacular dances in order to attract a mate. Animals this small are generally unable to see with such precision. The Australian peacock jumping spider is the size of a grain of rice. It has a brilliant fan on its back that it spreads and performs elaborate with. It may dance for over an hour, but if the female doesn’t like what she sees, she eats the male!