What the heck kind of spider is this?!
Location: Santa Monica, CA
October 27, 2010 12:08 pm
I found it in my bathroom the other day and have him trapped in a jar now. Last year, a spider bit me in my apartment (same time of year) and I had to go on antibiotics. So, now I’m really curious what type of spiders hang out in my place!
You have nothing to fear. This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the genus Phidippus which is represented in our archives from a letter earlier this month. Charles Hogue in his book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin has identified this species as Phidippus formosus, but that species is not represented on BugGuide, which is highly unusual. Bugguide has a letter from Pasadena with a photo of Phidippus adumbratus that looks identical to the individual in your photo. We are not entirely certain why BugGuide does not recognize Phidippus formosus as a species.