Location: Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
April 7, 2011 8:11 pm
While removing a mailbox post we unearthed this chunky spider. It scared Robby, who had the hammer. I managed to grab my camera and snap a few pics before relocating it to a dense shrubby forest.
Signature: Simply Bananas
Dear Simply Bananas,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and it appears to be a Regal Jumper, Phidippus regius. The Regal Jumper has several common and some uncommon variations, and your specimen is a very close match to this image posted to BugGuide from Florida. Jumping Spiders are considered harmless to humans. They have excellent eyesight and they stalk their prey as opposed to snaring prey with a web.