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Huge Jumping Spider

Discussion in 'Arachnids General' started by mld, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Just thought I would share some photos I took of this jumping spider, it's huge compared to the ones we normally see around here. Well at least I think it's a jumping spider, she was pretty hairy one.

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  2. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Hi Mr. Spider, I hope you are enjoying the view.
     
  3. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Dang! That spider looks gigantic! Good find!
     
  4. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    The ones that we normally see around here are the size of ants, this one was totally different, I think it's a Phidippus sp.
     
  5. ToriH

    ToriH Elite Member

    AH! Kill it! Kill it with fire! Jumping spiders out here are pretty small. How odd.
     
  6. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I don't kill spiders! lol
    I like having them around, they are always welcome to munch on those other bugs that I don't care for.
    Jumping spiders are actually pretty cool to watch, they way they attack their prey and how they are so territorial.
     
  7. CentriRitanni

    CentriRitanni Elite Member

    But they are NOT fun when you step right next to them, and they decide your toes are good target practice.
     
  8. SpidaFly

    SpidaFly Elite Member

    Awesome spider. Did you feed it? Hehe...

    My wife's spider phobia seems to be dwindling. The other day she caught a spider in her bathroom and decided that I would want to see it, so she fed it one of the pinheads I've been breeding. Pretty awesome. :)
     
  9. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I didn't feed this one, but I usually will throw the odd bug into a spider web and watch them go.
     
  10. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    It appears to be a species within the Phidippus genus...definite female. Also, unlike most other spiders jumpers hunt without using a web, rather a quick, calculated leap (hence the name). The only time they will use webbing is when nesting or for shelter. They are by far my favorite spiders.
     
  11. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Thanks Matt! Are males brighter in color? They are one of my favorite spiders also, I like the hairy ones :)
     
  12. PrincessPiper

    PrincessPiper Well-Known Member

    Ew! I would not have my camera out, I would have my shoe out! I HATE spiders! SO MUCH!
     
  13. Vers

    Vers Elite Member

    Most species are sexually dimorphic and males are usually smaller in size with disproportionate features (small abdomen, long legs, etc etc). Males are often more colorful as well, though females of some species can share this trait. Check out bugguide.net if you're interested...there is a lot of great info there.
     
  14. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Actually I did go to bugguide.net and posted it just after I posted it here! I guess there was another guy in 2010 who spotted one as well in my province, but they are usually not seen around here.
     
  15. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Seems like a great find Michele!
     

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