Subject: Big LA Jumping Spider?
Location: Venice, CA
November 2, 2016 11:36 am
Once again, I call upon you to help me identify a little critter that has terrified my wife. This guy was big, bigger than a quarter, and its orange thorax and black and grayish stripped legs were very distinct and quite beautiful. I assume this is some type of Jumping Spider…maybe originally from Mexico, maybe a male looking for a mater? Any help identifying would be great. You’ll be happy to know that after a conversation with the spider it walked out on its own.
Signature: -Teacher Todd
Dear Teacher Todd,
Our money is on this being Johnson’s Jumper, Phidippus johnsoni, a species described on BugGuide as being: “Mostly black with a red abdomen. The male’s abdomen is entirely red, whereas the female’s abdomen has a black mark down the center.” This BugGuide image is a good match. Because of your tolerance, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.