Bold Jumping Spider

Bold Jumping Spider Introduction

Phidippus audax is a common jumping spider of North America. It is commonly referred to as the daring jumping spider, or bold jumping spider. The spider belongs to the genus Phidippus, a group of jumping spiders easily identified both by their relatively large size and their iridescent chelicerae (mouthparts). Like other jumping spiders, due to their large, forward-facing eyes, they have very good stereoscopic vision. This aids them when stalking prey, and allows some visual communication with others of their species, such as courting ‘dances’. Jumping spiders are compact in shape with short legs. They are usually black in color with pale markings. Jumping spiders build web retreats, which can be found both indoors and outdoors. These spiders frequently hunt inside structures around windows and doors because more insects are attracted to these areas and their vision is best in sunlit areas. Outside, jumping spiders are commonly seen running over tree bark, under stones and boards, and on bushes, fences, decks and the outside of buildings. Unlike most spiders, jumping spiders are active during the daytime and seem to like sunshine. They have the keenest vision of all spiders and are able to detect movement up to 18″ in distance. Adult males range from 4–15 millimeters in body length, with an average of 8 mm. Adult females range from 4–18 millimeters in body length, with an average of 11 mm. They are common in fields and grasslands, and are frequently seen on fences, exterior walls, and gardens as well. Many jumping spiders seem to prefer flat vertical surfaces, likely because it enables them to spot and chase down roaming insects with ease.

 

Keywords to learn

Crevice: A narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall


About Me

Hey Kids, my name is Bentley the Bold jumping spider and I am very happy to meet you. Learn more about me and my species https://www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

 

 

Key Data

  • Order:
    Araneae.
  • Lifespan:
    1-2 years.
  • Class:
    Arachnida.
  • Scientific name:
    Phidippus audax.
  • Mass:
    Not evaluated.
  • Length:
    6-15mm.
  • Region Found:
    North America.
  • Population Status:
    Not evaluated.
  • Current population trend:
    Unknown.
  • Diet:
    Carnivorous.
  • Sexual maturity:
    9 months.

 

Bold jumping spiders are not aggressive and they are not dangerous. A bite from the spider will not kill you, but it will hurt just a little and they will only bite if they have been provoked or have been disturbed.

 

Now that you know more about the Bold jumping spider by learning the key data above, be sure to also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.

 

 

Download questions about the Bold jumping spider here: Bold Jumping Spider (answers are on this page)

 

 

Bold Jumping Spider Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Jumping spiders may bite in defense, but their bite is not venomous.
  • # 2. Careful, this species can look remarkably similar to some regal jumping spiders; the adult males of the two species are almost inseparable, except by the experienced eye.
  • # 3. In adult males, the front pair of legs are the thickest and have long, conspicuous tufts of white and black hairs.
  • # 4. When a jumping spider wants to soar, it contracts special muscles to increase the flow of blood to its legs. This makes the legs fully extend and sends the spider flying — sometimes as far as 50 times the spider’s body length.
  • # 5. Silken egg sacs are attached under rocks or tree bark, old logs, or in other crevices, and the female stands guard over it. Each brood may have anywhere from 50-200 orangish eggs within it.

Q&A Corner

  • # 1. What order does the Bold jumping spider belong?
  • # 2. What is the average lifespan of the Bold jumping spider?
  • # 3. What is the age where the Bold jumping spider sexually matures?
  • # 4. What other species of jumping spider does the Bold jumping spider look exactly like?
  • # 5. How many eggs are in each Bold jumping spider brood?

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