Why Are Jumping Spiders So Cute?

February 14, 2024

Putting the words cute and spider in the same sentence may seem like an oxymoron, but there’s something about these tiny, furry arachnids that’s hard to resist. Whether it’s their large front eyes, funny little mating dances or their itty-bitty size (some of them are smaller than a sesame seed), these spiders are adorable.

The disproportionately large eyes of jumping spiders make them look almost puppy-like, and the way they stare intently at objects can evoke the same emotions you might feel when looking at a cute baby. Their large eyes also allow them to see more of the world around them than other spiders, which can sometimes seem oblivious to their surroundings. This exceptional vision helps the spiders better track their prey, and can give a cute appearance to these little creatures.

Jumping spiders are also much more active than many other spider species, which tend to just hang out in their webs and watch the world go by. And they’re able to propel themselves through the air for distances up to 50 times their body length, which is impressive even by spider standards.

These arachnids are also quite intelligent, with researchers noting they can count and assess risk similar to how a 1-year-old human might. They’re able to sense vibrations in the air and can turn their heads to follow a sound, so they can detect nearby insects. And they can even tell the difference between a real insect and a fake one, which is an important skill for mimicking other animals.

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