Last week I posted a photo of a little jumping spider I found at work that I took with my point and shoot camera. I decided that I needed a better shot, so I scooped the spider into a container, drove it home, and put it in my white box for a quick photo session before taking it back to work and releasing it the next morning. Here’s one of the photos from my little shoot:
I just love the little tufts of hair coming off the head of this little saltie! I believe this is a Phidippus female, but I’m not 100% sure. If anyone can give me more information, I’d love to figure out what this little beauty is with more certainty!
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17 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Jumping Spider”
Oh, my gosh! How cute!
How can anyone resist an adorable fuzzy animal, even if it is a spider? :)
Nice shot! And what a charming subject. Jumpers are always so charismatic and good looking.
(Hopefully this isn’t a double comment. My first try seems to have disappeared into the bit bucket.)
Thanks Jason! So glad you like it. And for some reason it didn’t approve your first comment, but it did approve that one, so I just deleted the unapproved one. Computers are funny like that sometimes…
Awww, look at those fuzzy little palps!
Right? They’re so cute! Of course, when they move those palps out of the way you can see the fangs they’ve got underneath… :)
It’s very cute. I wonder how big is it?
Small – less than 1/4 inch or about 5mm from head to tail.
Adorable! Hope after Bugshot, I’ll have photos that look like that:-)
Ooh, are you going to Bug Shot? If so, I’ll see you there!
He/she is such a little cutie :3 Thanks for sharing, I love your blog!
So glad you like it!
I think you are right that it is a Phidippus but it looks like it might be a premature male, the palps look a bit rounded but not mature — have to examine the underside to be sure and my eyesight isn’t good. :) Always love jumpers.
Another thought — was the abdomen more female-ish — rounded, large rather than slender?
Definitely more round than slender, so I assumed this was a female.
There is a guy who has basically dedicated his life to the jumping spider:
I love Thomas Shahan! He’s a great photographer and a really nice guy. His jumping spider photos are just brilliant – and he shoots those with cheap garage sale photo equipment and photo stacks hand held images. It’s crazy how good they are!