Il sogno di volare oggi è diventato un incubo. Non volare né essere volati, ma galleggiare, alla deriva, dentro, con il vento, galleggiare sul fondo dell’oceano dell’aria.
The dream of flying has become a nightmare today. Not to fly nor to be flown, but to float, drifting, in, with the wind, floating at the bottom of the ocean of air.
Nome comune: Ragno saltatore (nome attribuibile a tutto il gruppo dei Salticidae)
Nome scientifico: Evarcha jucunda (Lucas, 1846)
Global distribution (WSC 2021): Canary Is., Mediterranean. Introduced to Belgium, Germany
Anatomical features: Males are 5-6 mm long and females 5-7 mm long. The males have a dark prosoma with a very pronounced arched white band and a rust-coloured opisthosoma with a white anterior margin, while the females (photo) have a much lighter opisthosoma.
Behaviour: An active predator, whose highly developed eyes (the retinas of these spiders can be moved backwards and forwards, allowing them to focus on their prey) allow them to ambush their prey with great precision. Frequent in open areas, it has been found in areas at sea level up to 1500 m altitude.