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 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 […]
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 […]
This falls outside of what we usually post about, but this spider was too pretty not to put on here! She (?) lives in my garden on some flowers. The whole time I took pictures she stayed perfectly still! A little ant crawled on the flower, and while the spiders eyes didn’t move, in this picture it appears as if she is looking down at the little ant!