Subject: What kind of spider is this?
October 17, 2012 12:43 am
I was wondering if you could identify this spider
We believe we have correctly identified your Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae as a female Phiddipus apacheanus, based on this photo posted to BugGuide. Sadly, BugGuide does not provide much species information, except that the name is “A Latinized adjective that means ‘of the apache,”‘ so we feel an appropriate common name for this love spider could be the Apache Jumping Spider. This spider is often bright red in coloration. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a nice page on Phiddipus apacheanus, which includes this bit of information: “Jumping spiders do not spin webs for catching prey. Instead, they construct small tent-like silken retreats under rocks or logs, or on plants, which they use at night and during hibernation. The females will also lay their eggs in them. Jumping spiders are most active during the day, and they prefer sunshine. They tend to stay in their retreats on cloudy or rainy days. Jumping spiders are generally interested in whatever approaches them, and will often turn and face human observers, and may even advance towards them. They are generally harmless to people.” This image from our archive shows a similar coloration.