The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Jumping Spider

An agile hunter prowls the GNG - the jumping spider.  With their exceptional vision and pinpoint jumping ability, this family of spiders is extremely successful, being represented by almost 5000 species!  They will both lay in wait and stalk prey with the capability to take on victims far larger in size than themselves.  Even bees and wasps with their ability to sting need to be wary of these exceptional hunters.

Jumping Spider - Phidippus californicus

Jumping Spider - Phidippus californicus with captured European Honey Bee