While I was pottering in the garden today I came across a zebra jumping spider. I have been searching for one of these in the garden for the past could of years to no avail so was delighted to find this one. These striking little jumping spiders are most frequent around human habitations - on sunny outside walls and fences and sometimes indoors. They also turn up on tree trunks, rocks and shingle. Although they normally move unobtrusively and fairly slowly, most species are capable of very agile jumps, notably when hunting, but sometimes when startled. All jumping spiders have for pairs of eyes with the middle two being particularly large.
Holly blues can often be seen in our garden at this time of year but rarely settle in a photograph-able position so I was pleased with the image of this one.
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