Jumping Spider (Paraphidippus aurantius)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Jumping Spider.
Updated: 8/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Identifying this species of Jumping Spider is as easy as black-and-white thanks to clear markings, small stature, and powerful legs.
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.