Spiders that can jump six feet in the air discovered for first time in the UK

Spiders that can jump six feet in the air discovered for first time in the UK
The species may have been living in the UK for thousands of years without ever being discovered (Photo: Shutterstock)

Arachnophobes look away now. A rare type of spider has been spotted for the first time in the UK – and it can leap six feet in the air.

The spring-legged arachnid was found at the Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Holcroft Moss Nature Reserve in Warrington, Cheshire.

Officially known as the Sibianor larae, the creepy-crawly was spotted by arachnologist Richard Burkmar in June.

Hiding out for thousands of years

The good news is that these jumping spiders are harmless.

The spiders are so small that they can only just be seen with the naked eye (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Lukas Jonaitis)
The spiders are so small that they can only just be seen with the naked eye (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Lukas Jonaitis)

Measuring the size of half a matchstick head, they can only just be seen with the naked eye.

This was the first sighting of the Sibianor larae in the UK – although experts believe these spiders could have been in the country for thousands of years.

Sarah Bennett, from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: “A number of rare bog spiders were also discovered during the surveys, including the jumping spider Heliophanus dampfi, making it the only site in England where this has been recorded.

“It’s definitely a special site for bog-loving wildlife.”