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Subject: Spider with orange heart on back
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
March 6, 2014 12:25 pm
Taken today (March, 2014) in Walla Walla, Washington on my back garage door. What is it?
Signature: Spooked by spider

Bold Jumper

Bold Jumper

Dear Spooked by spider,
This is a Jumping Spider, and it is an example of one of the common color variations of the Bold Jumper,
Phidippus audax, which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: wondering what this spider is.
Location: south central Texas
February 20, 2014 11:48 pm
I found this spider on a wall on the outside of a nearby building. Wondered what it is.
Signature: Austin

Bold Jumper

Bold Jumper

Dear Austin,
This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, most likely the Bold Jumper,
Phidippus audax, a variably colored species that is sometimes found in this black form with the red dot on the abdomen.  The green chelicerae, the fangs, are quite distinctive.  You can see this matching individual on BugGuide and BugGuide is also a nice place to read more about the species.

Thank you very much!

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Subject: What the heck is this?
Location: Hawaii
December 31, 2013 9:17 pm
Aloha-
I love to work on my lanai and this little thing was exploring my computer- what the heck is it? Scorpion or spider?
Signature: Curious

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Aloha Curious,
This is a harmless, male Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  We are not certain of the species, but it does look similar to the members of the genus
Hentzia that are pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: WTF
Location: Long Beach CA
November 14, 2013 5:30 pm
I was minding my own business watching TV when THIS went shooting across my living room floor. I trapped it under a glass until my husband could take it outside. It was acting fairly aggressive, standing up on its hind legs and dancing around. It had green fangs and was about three feet long (my husband says more like half an inch but it DID have green fangs and it DID have murder in its eyes). Is it a jumping spider? Is it going to kill me and my family? BTW you should know that your website is the only reason the spider isn’t dead right now. I’m still terrified of spiders but thanks to you, I try not to kill them anymore.
Signature: Moving out if I see another one of these in my house

Possibly Bold Jumper

Possibly Bold Jumper

Dear Moving …,
We would advise you not to move because you will most likely encounter spiders wherever you go.  You are correct that this is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and we believe this might be a Bold Jumper,
Phidippus audax, based on this photo posted to BugGuide.  The Bold Jumper is found in Los Angeles, and it is a highly variable spider, with many individual having bright red and white markings.  We have several images of Jumping Spiders with green fangs in our archives.  Though it is possible to get bitten by a large Jumping Spider, the bite is mild and not considered dangerous.  Because of your kindness despite your fears, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, and we are positively thrilled to learn that our site has had a positive impact on your tolerance levels toward the lower beasts.  If it is any consolation, Jumping Spiders like this one will help to control other unwanted visitors, including flies and cockroaches.

Thank you, What’s That Bug, I’m truly honored! Still freaked out and possibly moving to Antarctica, but honored. Thanks for all you guys do, your website rocks.

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Subject: Magnolia green jumper?
Location: Chincoteague Island, VA, USA
June 19, 2013 4:26 pm
Came across this gorgeous little creature last week, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. My best guess is that he’s a magnolia green jumper, but the photos I’ve found online didn’t seem conclusive. Your thoughts?
Signature: Sterling

Magnolia Green Jumper

Magnolia Green Jumper

Dear Sterling,
We agree that this is a Magnolia Green Jumper,
Lyssomanes viridis.  Compare your image to this photo on BugGuide.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks very much! I hadn’t come across that BugGuide photo in my own searches, but that’s definitely him. I appreciate the help!
Sterling

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Subject: bug found in northern Virginia
Location: Northern Virginia (Gainesville)
May 14, 2013 1:54 pm
What is this gross bug?
Signature: Laura

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Hi Laura,
This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and we were unable to locate a definite match in our quick scan of Bugguide, however, we believe it is a member of the subfamily Dendryphantinae (see BugGuide), and we believe this is a male spider.

Thank you so very much!   Very good to know, and I very much appreciate your service!

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