Because you should definitely be checking out sploid.gizmodo.com here and there.

Today I came across this article on macro-photographed jumping spiders from around the world and OMG, they're sort of terrifyingly ADORABLE.

So, here's the jumping spider common to my locale, suuuuuupppperrrrrrrr closeup. (Expand it! Do it!)

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CUTE, amirite? The funny thing is that I HATE spiders, but they're even cute in person. Seriously.

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ETA proof of cuteness from a comment I made over there: We had a jumping spider (black and white, common in Texas) that lived in/around one of the chairs on our back porch, and it was always kind of fun to "mess with" it - as in, move your hand a little to the left, it'd move - just a little - to the right. Make a sudden move toward it, it'd rear up and threaten you. But it was so cute. (Yes, it cutely threatened. I promise.)

Also, commenter JSWilson64_g says: Jumping spiders and praying mantises are the only two "bugs" that will actually acknowledge your presence as another being. At least that's what my entomology professor told us.

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