Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Johnson Jumping Spider - (Phidippus johnsoni)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/17/2015

The petite Johnson Jumping Spider can launch itself distances over 5 times the length of its own body.

Picture of Johnson Jumping Spider

The Johnson Jumping Spider does not build webs to catch its food. It seeks it out, wandering around until it happens upon a good prey item. These tiny spiders jump large distances (considering their size) to catch their prey. Olympic long jumpers have nothing on these little powerhouses. They are day-time hunters and hide out at night and in the winter.

They have been known to bite humans, but without serious effects. Females weave funnel-shaped webs to lay eggs in under rocks or between objects. Males have an abdomen that is completely red, whereas the female will have a black line down the center of her abdomen.

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Category: Spider
Common name: Johnson Jumping Spider
Scientific Name: Phidippus johnsoni
Other Names: Red Jumping Spider

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Araneae
      Family: Salticidae
       Genus: Phidippus
        Species: johnsoni

Adult Size (Length): 7mm to 13mm (0.28in to 0.51in)

Identifying Colors: black; red; white

Additional Descriptors: jumping, biting, hairy

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Kansas; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Oregon; South Dakota; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.