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
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.