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Subject: Spider on patio
Location: Los Angeles
April 9, 2015 1:21 pm
Who is his friendly spider?
Signature: Curious patio farmer

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Dear Curious Patio Farmer,
Your Jumping Spider is in the genus
Phidippus, but we are uncertain of the species.  We found a nearly identical match, also from Los Angeles, posted to BugGuide, but it is only identified to the genus level.  It might be Phidippus formosus, and BugGuide provides this comment regarding that name:  “If I’m reading the World Spider Catalog correctly, Phidippus formosus is an older name for what is currently called Phidippus johnsoni.  I don’t have Hogue’s book to see what was pictured, but since it appears to have been published in 1974, shortly after the name change, it was probably a photo of Phidippus Johnsoni and Hogue just didn’t have the most up-to-date name for it.”  Though BugGuide has numerous images of the Johnson Jumper, not exactly matches the coloration and markings on your individual.

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Los Angeles, California

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