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Tiny jumping spider

Tiny jumping spider
Lake Forest, Orange County, California, USA
July 9, 2009
Size: 3-4mm

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

Moved from Frass... thanks to John. This is good stuff.

We don't have a guide page yet for epiphanies, but that's where this should end up.

Moved from Jumping Spiders.

Are you rearing this one?
If not I would suggest for Frass. Not sure that it could be identified beyond family with any certainty.

Spider food
What do you use for food for tiny jumpers and where/how do you get it?

For little tiny ones like thi
For little tiny ones like this (which looks like a 2nd-instar spiderling, just left the egg-sac) I usually feed springtails and whatever little hopper-like insects I happen to pick up.

Have you ever walked slowly through grass that hasn't been mowed for a couple weeks, and noticed the ground is "alive" with hundreds of little jumping insects? Open up a 16-oz deli container, lay it sideways and quickly drag it back and forth across the top 3"-4" of grass with the open end leading the way. Now bring it back to veritical, tap it couple times to scare away the larger leaf-hoppers, and what's left should be springtails and really small leaf-hoppers.

Spray a little bit of Dust-Off into the sealed container of feeder-bugs to knock them out, and within a minute you should be able to easily "pour" them into the spider's container. Now close the lid on the spider's container, wait for the bugs to wake up, and enjoy the show. :-)

I forgot to mention...
You can also buy springtails in specialty pet shops, or online.

Ed's Fly Meat (link) seems to be pretty reputable. I've bought flies and supplies from them before, but have never reared springtails so I'm not sure how difficult it would be.

before this disappears in Frass...
Have you posted the info elsewhere about how to catch spider chow in lawns and the link to Ed's Fly Meat? I don't have time (boss over shoulder) to search the forums for it - I see Harsi linked to one of your posts there, too, but the lawn trick isn't in it and I think that's a good one!

Not yet,
but I saved a copy locally.

I've also been answering a lot of rearing questions like this in e-mail over the last couple months and plan to place a tidy summary in a section of my profile that can be used for future reference.

looking forward to it!
I may use the lawn trick next time I've got a tiny mantis nymph.

Now I need to buy a new camera. At first I didn't think it was working and I figured I better try more, I scooped the grass a bunch, then a clover patch, then a pine tree branch, then a butterfly bush, then some aster type flowers, joe-pie weed flowers, and hydrangea. I though it was close to a failure, but I chilled it in the fridge for a few hours, dumped it in my spider's jar and when it hit the warmth it came alive!!! Must get a new camera and a scope. I could photograph for a long time with what I caught today. Stuff I thought only lived in other peoples yards.

Rearing advice
In the past, Jay made an interest commment here that you might find useful.

Moved from ID Request.

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