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Cardinal Jumper

Phidippus cardinalis


Red on top with black on bottom, 8 eyes, 4 in front, 4 on top. Females typically have white slashes on sides and white dots on abdomen, based on that description I think this is a male, but I can't be certain, I didn't take any photos from directly above. This specific spider is possibly mimetic of the Red Velvet Ant or Eastern Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis), which is technically a wasp, with the females being wingless.


Typically found in tall grass and weeds and surrounding areas.


I saw this cardinal jumper under my carport on my steps coming towards the front door about 7:20 am on 10/12/16. I took a few photos with my Nikon Coolpix P610 and left it alone. It was not there when I got home later.

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armadeus.4 3 years ago

Great shot! Thank you for sharing :)

PrincesSquishy 3 years ago


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Diaz José Miguel 3 years ago

It's a cutie!

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Oct 12, 2016
Submitted on Oct 19, 2016

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