The universe of Macrophotography 

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Making prey

Once jumping distance is reached and the dragline secured the spider jumps onto the potential prey. As soon as contact is made the jumping spider grabs the victim with its front legs and administers a bite to inject rapidly acting poison that immobilizes it immediately, giving the prey almost no time to react. This explains why the pray can be much larger and stronger than the spider itself.

Different species of jumping spiders hunt for different prey. Some are specialized to feed almost only on Mosquitos with a preference on those who recently sucked blood. Others steal the prey out of spiderwebs and, if not careful enough, the owner of the web as well. Even other species of jumping spiders can become the prey of a jumping spider.

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