This is one of the most widely distributed jumpers in the US, and commonly referred to as the ‘Bold Jumping Spider’. Males reach 6-13mm, and females 9-18mm. The one below was found in my house, climbing on the walls. Immediately when put into a jar with two crickets, she hunted and consumed them both within a few hours, and her girth doubled. This one has particularly nice blue chelicera.
This is a female Phiddippus adumbratus from California, collected by a friend who finds them on crates of grapes. In the comments section, Matt suggested the rotting grapes attract flies and other insects, making finding prey easier. And climbing out of her terrarium, Here she is guarding her nest web, with newly hatched slings. The first clutch had approximately 50-60 individuals, and this one looks to be about the same. This spider is kept in a gallon glass jar with […]