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Subject: Please help identify this bug
Location: Northern Virginia
April 1, 2017 7:57 am
Hello,
We found this in our bed and although I think it is a spider, I just want to make sure it’s nothing that we should be concerned about. Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.
Signature: Brenna

Jumping Spider

Dear Brenna,
This is a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey.  They use their excellent vision to stalk prey, often pouncing from a great distance.  You have nothing to fear.

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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: Burlingame, CA, USA
March 25, 2017 10:18 am
Hello WTB!
I live in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco) and I was trying to identify this bug on your web site but I haven’t been able to find it. At first I thought it was a spider. However, it has only six legs. The front two appendages don’t seem to be legs, but seemed to be antennae or maybe some sort of stinger. This bug was very aware of me, and as I got close to it, it would point its front antennae at me menacingly, which is why I thought they might be a stinger. Any clue as to what this might be? Thanks!
Signature: JM

Jumping Spider

Dear JM,
This is in fact a Spider and what you have mistaken for antennae are the first pair of legs on this Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Jumping Spiders do not build webs to snare prey.  Rather they pounce on prey, often from a considerable distance, and they are such adept hunters because of their excellent eyesight.  We will attempt a species identification for you.

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Subject: spider
Location: Shamona Creek side, Chester County, PA
March 7, 2017 4:02 pm
June 24, 2012. I was walking past a huge patch of lilies next to a creek when this little pugilist leaped out of the center of the flower. It stood there as if ready to fight to protect its home. The spider didn’t move while I readied my camera and took the picture. It then then did an amazing backward leap into the flower and was gone. I was fascinated by the ring on its body and the color inside it and the ring around its back (sac?). I didn’t see it in the ‘Spiders of Pennsylvania’ website
Thank you in advance
Signature: Sarah

Jumping Spider

Dear Sarah,
This is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, a group that does not build webs to snare prey.  Jumping Spiders are hunting spiders that pounce on their prey from a considerable distance with remarkable accuracy.  They can also take down prey much larger than they.  Though they are harmless to humans, Jumping Spiders are fearless, and they will follow a human with their acute eyesight if they feel threatened, but they do not back down.  This lovely metallic individual appears to be a male because of his large pedipalps.  We will attempt a species identification and get back to you if we are successful.

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Subject: Spider?
Location: In kitchen
January 28, 2017 1:50 pm
What type of spider is this?
Signature: Any

Jumping Spider

Dear Any,
Since we do not know if you kitchen is in Albuquerque or Kuala Lumpur, we are not going to bother attempting to identify this harmless Jumping Spider beyond the family level Salticidae.

Sorry I am in north Texas

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Subject: Bugs on the ceiling above the Christmas Tree
Location: BC, Canada
December 11, 2016 10:36 am
We live in the Pacific Northwest. We cut our tree down a week ago. Today we woke up to 8 of these guys all on the ceiling in close proximity to the tree. Did they come from the tree? If so what are they and what do we do abou it? Thank you
Signature: Alison

Jumping Spider

Jumping Spider

Dear Alison,
Though theoretically, after cutting a tree it is no longer alive, we still feel comfortable stating whenever living plants are brought indoors, be they Christmas trees, fresh fruits and vegetables, or flowers cut from the garden, chances are quite good you will transport insects, arthropods or other small creatures with the plants.  Your visitor appears to have 8 legs, and we suspect it is a harmless Jumping Spider that was probably quite content searching for prey on the living tree, though it is now quite confused to find itself in a relatively prey-free environment.

Thank you. Was very worried when there was suddenly 8 that we had a bigger problem! Thanks so much.
Alison

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Subject: Big LA Jumping Spider?
Location: Venice, CA
November 2, 2016 11:36 am
Dear Bugman,
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

Johnson's Jumper

Johnson’s Jumper

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.

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