This gorgeous little creature is a resident of Tuttington. Its name is Salticus scenicus. It is not a Roman Emperor with a naval bent, but a Zebra jumping spider.
Sounds like the stuff of nightmares. It is for its prey which includes smaller spiders and the male of the species. But, at only a few millimetres in size, it is quite harmless to us but not necessarily to our imaginations. Pretty sure our specimen is a female which is larger than the male but with smaller jaws.
Zebra spiders have eight eyes with two large eyes facing forward for good binocular vision.
Enjoy the photos below and then – if you dare – watch along with Kitty at Salticus in action, in slo-mo…