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Fencepost Jumping Spiders

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Marpissa muscosa

Size:  Up to 10mm

Distribution:  Can be found in many parts of the UK, but very scattered distribution

Months seen:  All year round

Habitat:  Found on rocks, walls, stone steps, logs and wooden fences

Food:  Small invertebrates

Special features:  Fencepost Jumping Spiders have a very flattened grey-brown coloured body.  The top of the abdomen features some cream and black patches.  The whole body, and especially the front pair of legs are very hairy.  Like other jumping spiders they move in a jerky fashion - moving a few steps rapidly then stopping suddenly.


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