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Bold Jumping Spider

Phidippus audax

Description:

A juvenile black to gray Salticid (jumping spider) apparently hitchhiked in on our hiking clothing and was found in our laundry basket. The dorsal side of its abdomen is covered in a black and gold pattern of stripes and spots, and its legs are covered in black stripes as well. Orange-tinted patterns are indicative of juvenile individuals; they will turn white as the Salticid reaches maturity. Its chelicerae are an iridescent green. Phidippus audax is a common North American jumping spider that belongs to the Phidippus genus. Jumping spiders like this one have excellent stereoscopic vision thanks to their large (and adorable) eyes which face forward. This is useful for hunting and communication with other jumping spiders.

Habitat:

Apparently hitchhiked in on our hiking clothing and was found in our laundry basket

Notes:

Sorry for the blurred images. This guy was hopping and dancing all over the place! After a short photo session, it was relocated to my back yard.

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Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.40, Long: -85.03

Spotted on Nov 11, 2017
Submitted on Nov 14, 2017

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