Johnson Jumping Spider (Phidippus johnsoni)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Johnson Jumping Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 2/17/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The petite Johnson Jumping Spider can launch itself distances over 5 times the length of its own body.
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.