Texas wildlife

There’s a jumping spider in the room. He is quite the most speedy, agile and cunning spider I have ever encountered. Just now he leapt up and grabbed a power cord to use as an easy route behind the Linux box. He can jump over 20cm, and can spot an upturned beaker at a similar distance and recognize it as hostile.

Since he’s only about 1.5cm across, I’m not too bothered by him. However, I do find myself worrying about his larger relatives. I just tried to find out what specific kind of jumping spider he is, but the enlarged photo on the web site I found made my skin crawl so badly I had to close the browser.

Anyway, I’ve managed to catch him and release him outside in the bushes…