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Jumping Spider Spotted In Dublin

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12:07 24 Jan 2020


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A jumping spider has been spotted in Dublin.

It was photographed in a garden in Monkstown.

The species (Philaeus chrysops) is more common to countries in Southern Europe and America.

Critters like them also live in Korea and China.

Spiders like this prefer warmer countries, like Portugal.

That could explain why they've appeared in Ireland after a mild winter.

They are Tiny

It could be the first time the little red-bellied creature has been spotted here.

They are tiny though so don't worry! The biggest ones get to around 12mm.

Spiders might jump a few inches at a time, which is like a human jumping over a building.

They may jump to attack prey but are harmless to humans.

The Spiders are Harmless

Collie Ennis is a Zoology Researcher at Trinity College.

He says the spiders are harmless.

"Are they harmful to people? Absolutely not."

"In fact, they're very placid attractive little spiders."

"Especially the males they have that lovely red abdomen they use for display. They're very handsome little chaps"

For more info follow Collie on Twitter @CollieEnnis.

 


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