Subject: White hairy spider
Location: Springfield, PA 19064
May 26, 2012 7:09 pm
Hi – We found this spider in our backyard in Southeastern PA. It was hiding in our rock pile. It was @ 1.5-2” long. It’s mostly white, hairy with back spots. Do you know what it is and if it’s dangerous? Thank you!
We are very happy to post your image of a Canopy Jumping Spider, Phidippus otiosus, which we quickly matched to a photo posted to BugGuide. The size is listed as “Body length 8-12 mm (male), 12-18 mm (female)” on BugGuide, so we think your size estimate is a bit of an exaggeration. BugGuide lists the habitat as “Canopy of deciduous and mixed deciduous/pine forests.” so we are curious if you live near a wooded area. Jumping Spiders do not pose a threat to humans, though we cannot discount that a large individual might bite if carelessly handled, but the bite will do little more than to cause local discomfort.