The Audacious Jumping Spider

Hi, Mr. Nature here, with more of God’s stuff that always works.

If your garden is blessed, it may be inhabited by one or more of these, the Audacious Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax. They hunt harmful insects by sight, and to catch them when they see them, they jump. If you look closely at the spider in the video, you’ll be able to see her two largest eyes (she has a couple of smaller ones, too).

The “audacious” tag is a misnomer. When one of these spiders sees you coming, he or she will promptly seek a hiding place. I like that quality in a spider. I wish more people had it.

6 comments on “The Audacious Jumping Spider

  1. Think I must be part audacious spider. When I saw some people coming I hid.

  2. That’s one scary looking spider. We can across a Black Widow while working in the yard recently. My wife is always telling me to wear gloves, but I like the feel of the earth on my bare hands.

  3. Friendly little spider.

    That music had a profound effect upon me. I will never, ever, ever, feel like my voice isn’t good enough to be a singer after hearing that. 🙂

  4. Jumping spiders have always fascinated me. They have a fierce appearance, but because they’re so tiny, they certainly don’t seem at all ferocious. In fact, I think they’re rather cute 🙂

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