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Scientists Work On Jumping Spiders and the Remarkable Sensory Landscape They Portray

Scientists Work On Jumping Spiders and the Remarkable Sensory Landscape They Portray
The Siliconreview
26 October, 2021

Researchers are working on spiders’ lives, their extraordinary ability to see, feel, and taste.

Jumping spiders, one of the fascinating insects which belong to the Salticidae family, are now under the spotlight. Scientists are discovering that there's a lot to these tiny arachnids. They are working on these spiders to understand and gain more profound knowledge about these spiders’ lives, their extraordinary ability to see, feel, and taste.

The jumping spiders' eyes make them unique insects. Unlike bees and various other flies, which have compound eyes that collect information from hundreds or thousands of lenses into a solitary, mosaic image, the jumping spider has slightly different kinds of eyes that exactly look like a camera. They are similar to those of humans and higher vertebrates. Each of the spider's eyes has one lens that focuses light onto a retina.

This makes the jumping spiders insects with sharp vision. Also, these spiders get a 360-degree view, which is a great advantage as it helps them in hunting. Also, the jumping spiders can easily see green and ultraviolet light, this spectrum is beyond what humans can see, and it also covers the blue and purple hues in between. With these interesting facts, jumping spiders are definitely under the radar, as many researchers are working on their spectacular sensory abilities.