Subject: wondering what this spider is.
Location: south central Texas
February 20, 2014 11:48 pm
I found this spider on a wall on the outside of a nearby building. Wondered what it is.
This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, most likely the Bold Jumper, Phidippus audax, a variably colored species that is sometimes found in this black form with the red dot on the abdomen. The green chelicerae, the fangs, are quite distinctive. You can see this matching individual on BugGuide and BugGuide is also a nice place to read more about the species.
Thank you very much!