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  • Bold Jumping Spider - (Phidippus audax)

    Bold Jumping Spider - (Phidippus audax)

    The tiny Bold Jumping Spider has a lot of audacity and isn't afraid to eat creatures much larger than itself.

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    Staff Writer (8/13/2014): As a member of the Salticidae family, this small jumping spider has the ability to leap more than 4 times its own body length. The rapid-fire pouncing allows them to ambush insect prey that they have stalked. It also allows for an unexpected escape from possible predators. Because they are so difficult to catch, it is unlikely observers will ever get bitten by one. They can and will bite, however their venom is not lethal and may only cause a stinging sensation.

    This ubiquitous spider can be found in virtually any habitat, including homes, offices and cars. They are hunters that do not spin webs to catch prey so they are very active in the daytime. They must see their prey in order to catch it. Like other Jumping Spiders, Bold Jumpers create a small retreat for themselves to rest in that is lined in spider silk. This is also where they will take their catch and consume it.

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    Bold Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Bold Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Phidippus audax
    Other Names: Daring Jumping Spider, Bold Jumper

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 6mm to 15mm (0.24in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white, green,gray

    Additional Descriptors: fast, jumping, pouncing, hairy, venomous, biting, striped

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

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

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