By Katy Gill
This could be the stuff of nightmares for some of us but not for this spider collector whose beloved pet takes the leap of faith onto his camera.
Andrea Van Veggel, 26, from Nahsville, Texas, works as an office manager but at home has a large collection of around 100 arachnids.
The video, taken in July this year, shows his Phidippus Putnami, or Putnam Jumping spider, climbing up the side of a jar before it leaps onto his camera.
Andrea said: “Jumping spiders are everywhere.
“I find them extremely cute.
“I caught this spider at a friend’s house and took her to my home for a few close up pictures and videos in my photo booth.
“I fed her some crickets for being a good model and then I released her.”
Andrea isn’t scared of spiders and has gathered quite an exotic collection.
He said: “I have, give or take, around 100 arachnids in my personal collection and occasionally a few babies for breeding projects.”