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  • Jumping Spider - (Paraphidippus aurantius)

    Jumping Spider - (Paraphidippus aurantius)

    Identifying this species of Jumping Spider is as easy as black-and-white thanks to clear markings, small stature, and powerful legs.

    Staff Writer (8/2/2017): Like all members of the Salticidae family, fantastic leaps across relatively long distances are a hallmark of Jumping Spiders. They are believed to have excellent eyesight and are known to be just as inquisitive as the humans that observe them. Small and mighty, Jumping Spiders pounce on unsuspecting insect prey using their springy legs to launch a silent aerial attack, or perhaps get themselves in range for a quick run-down.

    It is not uncommon to find Jumping Spiders indoors where they help homeowners rid the house of unwanted pests. They are not known to be aggressive toward people, but like any creature under threat and in a panic, it can bite. The bite stings a little, but it is not life-threatening (unless the victim is specifically allergic to that kind of venom) and will heal by itself over time. Most times, Jumping Spiders look, leap away, and disappear into corners and cracks.

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    Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Paraphidippus aurantius

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Salticidae
           Genus: Paraphidippus
            Species: aurantius

    Size (Adult, Length): 4mm to 8mm (0.16in to 0.31in)

    Identifying Colors: black, white

    Additional Descriptors: dots, stripes, fast, jumping, leaping, eyes

    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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