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Nature Blog Network
Thursday, October 23, 2008
jumping spider

Bold Jumper Jumping Spider – Phidippus audax – also known as the Bold Jumping Spider and the Daring Jumping Spider.

This was actually a decent sized jumping spider, approximately 2cm long.

Some general info.:

Jumping spiders are carnivores and predators. They eat insects and other spiders. These spiders do not spin webs but make little silken shelters under leaves or bark.

Saltids are the most common biting spider in the United States. Persons gardening appear to be at risk for disturbing the habitat of this spider which may react by jumping on exposed skin and inflicting a bite. The bite is usually asymptomatic to slightly painful and subsequently results in a local reaction such as an erythematous papule or a small urticarial wheal.

Photo taken with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens on July 20, 2008 in Davenport, Iowa.

Posted by: Mike in: Arachnids,Iowa at 12:00 am

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  • http://elmostreport.blogspot.com/ Marvin

    Great shot of the eyes.

    Marvin @ Nature in the Ozarks

  • http://dart1121.blogspot.com Sally

    Yuck! Did you ever see “Arachnophobia”? That film scared me witless.

  • http://bugguide.net Joe

    “most common biting spider in the United States”

    Is totally a false statement. In fact jumping spiders rarely bite, and are harmless to humans; as we are not their prey.

  • Mackenzie

    I cought one of these spiders and was hotified cause i was reading a book, and it like jumped on my foot. i only screamed because i t scared me. so i cought it in a small bait countaner. it was about um a 1cm long.hm maybe i can keep it like a pet? idk, but thanks for the info! ^_^

  • Charles

    I caught one and kept it as a pet. It laid eggs and I fed it its same species of spider. (; Oh BTW Sally’ I WAS SCARED OUTTA MY MIND AFTER THAT MOVIE!! (:

  • http://www.iowavoice.com/2008/10/23/bold-jumper-jumping-spider-phidippus-audax/ candi cook

    holy shit me my little sister and my boyfriend found one of these in my room and my brother Richie looked at it and new exactly what it was lol i looked up what he said and yep this is it he’s really smart when it comes to stuff like this =) but the spider scared me to death and my boyfriend spazed out.. were Gucci

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  • Barry_G_Wick

    One of these was sitting on top of a protective steel pole at the Wells Fargo drive-up today in Coralville…as I dislike spiders I tried to get my business done through the sucko-sucko machine as quickly as possible…I suspect it was going to jump or attack or whatever…I’ve had a few in the house as well….ugh.

    • http://www.iowavoice.com/ Mike Motto

      I think jumping spiders are awesome, although they often do look like they are preparing to jump on me when I photograph them.

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