Female ©Pierre Oger

Hypositticus pubescens

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Jumping spiders have excellent vision. They use it, not only to localize prey, but also to seduce females. The males often have very striking colours and make rhythmic movements during courtship. It actually looks like they are dancing. It is likely that Hypositticus pubescens originally was a rock dweller who then adapted to the ever increasing urbanization.

Hypositticus pubescens

Web: Jumping spiders don’t make catching webs, but use their large and well developed eyes to spot their prey from far away, sneak closer and pounce it with their short and powerful legs.

Habitat: often near buildings: on walls, roofs, fences, but also on rocks and logs.

How to recognize:

  • small, compact spider
  • colour grey brown to dark brown
  • cephalothorax: mostly one conspicuous spot between the hind eyes.

Looks similar to:

  • the Fleecy jumping spider and are often found in the same habitat. The Fleecy jumping spider has a light triangle on the cephalothorax while Hypositticus pubescens has spots.


♀: 4-6 mm

♂: 4-5 mm


♀: May till August

♂: May till August