Jumping spiders win hearts

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This jumping spider, named “Doris” and kept by Anna Teixeira, is scientifically called a hybrid Phidippus Regius/Phidippus Otiosus. Anza Valley Outlook/Anna Teixeira photo
Jumping spiders with their hunting techniques and eight-eyed head tilts are winning hearts on social media thanks to macro photography. Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects like spiders, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life-size, displaying their fuzziness, colors and poses. Even kept as pets, the tiny eight-eyed hunters have their dedicated fans. “Spiders especially are such culturally shunned creatures and treated as pests, but their importance in the ecosystem is very high aside from the fact that they are basically fuzzy little hungry puppies with eight legs,” Anna Teixeira, the keeper of one, said. A jumping spider poses for a
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