Invertebrates – Bold Jumping Spider
Wednesday, November 30th, 2022
Phidippus audax is a common jumping spider in 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, foreword-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 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.