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Subject: WT Spider?
Location: Bronx, NY
July 13, 2014 5:22 pm
Saw this spider in Bronx, NY last June. Beautiful pattern on its back!
Signature: Mark

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Hi Mark,
This gorgeous spider is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and we are going to attempt to research the species at a later time.  Jumping Spiders are harmless to humans.  They are hunting spiders that do not spin webs to trap prey, preferring to pounce on flies and other prey, often from a great distance.  The large eyes have excellent vision, and the accuracy of their hunting skills are quite wondrous.

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Amazing! Thanks so much!
FYI,  I’ve got a bunch of other insect closeup photos that I’d love to send for ID as I become more interested in the world of insect photography. I know you guys are busy, so I hope you don’t mind. I frequently post these pictures with IDs on a photo enthusiast website, so please know that your help to me is also benefitting other photo enthusiasts in their knowledge of insects.
Thanks again!

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Subject: Mystery bug in the Philippines
Location: Philippines
June 19, 2014 7:08 am
Hi Guys,
Spotted this bug here in the Philippines and was wondering if you might now what it is? Seems golden in body colour. Many thanks!
Signature: Frank

Jumping Spider we presume

Jumping Spider we presume

Dear Frank,
We wish your image had more detail.  This appears to be a Spider, and our best guess is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, however that is quite an unusual appendage at the end of the body.  We have not had any luck finding anything that matches this spider in appearance, but we will continue looking around on the web.

Hi Daniel and Frank:
You are right, Daniel, it is a Jumping Spider. It looks like a species of Mantisatta (Salticidae: Ballinae), a small genus with only two species. Mantisatta trucidans lives only on the island of Borneo and M. longicauda is endemic to the Philippines. According to Wikipedia “The genus name is combined from mantis (because of the long first legs) and the common salticid ending –attus”. The front legs in Frank’s photo don’t appear especially long but it looks like they may be folded under or perhaps around something. In all other respects it looks very similar to M. longicauda. The species name (longicauda) clearly refers to the unusually long and tail-like abdomen. Regards. Karl

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Subject: Can you help me identify
Location: Southeastern kentucky
June 24, 2014 3:42 pm
What is this?? Looks like a spider but it has numerous antennae so I don’t know what it is
Signature: Shelby

Bold Jumper eats Arachnid

Bold Jumper eats Arachnid

Hi Shelby,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and they are considered harmless to humans.  Based on the green chelicerae and the markings, we believe your Jumping Spider is a Bold Jumper,
Phidippus audax, a highly variable species which is pictured on BugGuide.  What you have mistaken for numerous antennae are actually the legs of some Arachnid prey, perhaps a Harvestman in the order Opiliones.

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Subject: Spiders
Location: Helena, Montana
June 13, 2014 12:42 am
Hi!
For some reason, there seems to be an abundance of spiders in our home this Spring/Summer. We did a super deep spring cleaning, and now, there are spiders everywhere! We’ve already killed three black widows this week. One of these is aggressive. I keep finding them in curtains, folded laundry, closets, etc. I think it’s two different spiders due to the size difference. Out of instinct(I have two young children) I kill them ASAP, but I have to wonder, what are these. The one that I sent two pictures of intrigued me. The body reminded me of a shell, almost. The colour was also odd. Black and white with a striped pattern… Last time I saw a spider even similar to this one, I was told it was poisonous.
Signature: Brittany

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Hi Brittany,
The pretty striped spider is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  We haven’t the time to do additional research at this time as we are in the process of postdating identification requests to go live in our absence as we are leaving for holiday in a few hours.

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Subject: Little green spider that runs and jumps
Location: North Florida, about halfway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, right on the Georgia border
May 16, 2014 6:37 pm
Found this little guy on a camping trip last weekend. He runs around pretty quick on the ground, and jumps a pretty good distance. He was super tiny; the white thing he’s standing on is a plastic cooler, and the little dark specks around him are grains of dirt. I don’t think he builds webs. We kept an eye on his location and kept checking up on him every few hours; he didn’t move from the top of this cooler until after more than a day. From what I’ve read, it sounds like some sort of crab spider, but I haven’t found one with such a slender thorax and such large, strange-looking mouthparts. Any idea?
Signature: Danny

Male Magnolia Green Jumper

Male Magnolia Green Jumper

Hi Danny,
This magnificent spider is a male Magnolia Green Jumper,
Lyssomanes viridis, and you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  This close-up on BugGuide is quite impressive.  The female Magnolia Green Jumper is a much bulkier spider with smaller mandibles.

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Subject: Red Body Spider
Location: Monterey Park, CA
April 18, 2014 12:09 am
Was at the park and a spider with red body jumped on my nephew. What is it?
Signature: Penny

Johnson Jumper

Johnson Jumper

Hi Penny,
We are serious when we inform you that this is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and we believe it is a Johnson Jumper,
Phidippus johnsoni.  According to BugGuide:  “Not harmful to humans, although like all spiders it will inflict a painful bite if provoked, and this species is reported to be more aggressive than other jumpers.” 

Thank you very much for your prompt response to my query.  I’ve never seen a spider with this bright red coloring before.  It was beautiful.
Sincerely,
Penny

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