Phidippus johnsoni

This jumper is common in California but occurs throughout the PNW and SW.  It is harder to photograph than many jumpers as it likes to constantly be hidden.  Photographing this spider on a leaf, it quickly scrambled to the opposite site or in a folded crevice of the leaf.  In captivity it is easy to keep, and makes very strong webs which it sleeps in and stays in for most of the day, coming out only to hunt.  After catching a large prey insect, it brings it back to eat while in its nest.  The one below is a female.  Males look similar but are missing the large black band on the abdomen.


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