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Cardinal Jumper

Phidippus cardinalis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Typically found in tall grass and weeds and surrounding areas.

Notes:

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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4 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 years ago

Great shot! Thank you for sharing :)

PrincesSquishy
PrincesSquishy 3 years ago

Thanks

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 3 years ago

It's a cutie!

AshleyT
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!

PrincesSquishy
Spotted by
PrincesSquishy

Tennessee, USA

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

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