Subject: Spider found in Arkansas
Location: Little Rock Air Force Base
October 24, 2012 3:32 pm
My husband and I found 2 black widow spiders outside our home near Little Rock, AR recently and had someone come out and spray. Today, I found this little guy/girl outside on our back patio where our 3 year old son plays frequently. I want to be sure it’s not something we need to be concerned with if he’s bitten. Thanks for your help!!
This is some species of female Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and they are harmless. We believe your spider is in the genus Phidippus, possibly the Cardinal Jumper, Phidippus cardinalis, based on this photo posted to BugGuide.