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Subject:  Jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Date: 09/10/2021
Time: 09:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this jumping spider outside of my condo in São Paulo, Brazil. I cannot find anything similar to it online. Can you please help me identify it. It looks like it has an Iron Man helmet in its abdomen.
How you want your letter signed:  Carlos

Jumping Spider

Dear Carlos,
Other than agreeing that this is a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, we cannot add much more except that it appears to be a male.  Perhaps our Brazilian coeval Cesar Crash of Insetologia will recognize the species.

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Austria (in house next to a forest)
Date: 08/26/2021
Time: 01:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I see them often at night, someone takes them outside for me when I see one but they keep reappearing…1. What are they? 2. Are they babies? 3. Do I have to be scared of a full nest? If not, why do they keep reappearing? What can I do to make them go away? (I am very sorry that I ask so many questions but I am really scared if them and just want them to go away)
How you want your letter signed:  I don’t know what that means but I really don’t care


Dear I don’t know …,
There is not enough detail in your image to be certain, but upon enlarging the tiny spider in the purple circle, we believe this might be a harmless Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.

Possibly Jumping Spider

Possibly Jumping Spider

Subject:  Blue jumping spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Topeka KS
Date: 11/18/2019
Time: 05:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw a previous question about a blue jumping spider during my search. This little guy was at the storage units my mom works at. No altering to the photo at all. Not a hoax. I couldnt find much online about blue spiders. Coolest little spider I’ve seen. I think it’s a jumping spider?
How you want your letter signed:  Brandy

Jumping Spider

Dear Brandy,
This is definitely a Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae, and it does appear to be quite bluish, but we cannot provide you with a species name.

Subject:  Jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Trinidad, West Indies
Date: 08/23/2019
Time: 11:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Hoping you can help by identifying this pretty iridescent jumping spider. This one was on the wall of my front porch
How you want your letter signed:  Gwiz

Jumping Spider: Psecas viridipurpureus ???

Dear Gwiz,
We have in the past tentatively identified a similar looking Brazilian Jumping Spider as
Psecas viridipurpureus and today while searching, we can’t help but to wonder if we have stumbled ironically upon your website, Gil Wizen Spiders, where there is an image identified as Psecas viridipurpureus and that also looks the same.  Your individual looks like Psecas croesus which is pictured on Jumping Spiders and which ranges in Guiana and Suriname according to Jumping Spiders.  That same Jumping Spiders site only has black and white drawings of Psecas viridipurpureus, and the range is listed as Brazil and Peru.  On that same Jumping Spiders site, Psecas barbaricus is only pictured in a black and white drawing, but the range is listed as Brazil and Trinidad.  The best we can assure is the genus Psecas.

Hi Daniel.
Thanks so much for your response and your help identifying my spider!
What a coincidence about the Gil Wizen website name. Lovely site but nope it isn’t mine. I am actually afraid of spiders:) I appreciate them and their role in the environment but I can assure you I appreciate them from a distance.
Your help was greatly appreciated.

You are welcome Giselle.  The name similarity was quite a coincidence.

Subject:  Orange bug I’ve never seen
Geographic location of the bug:  Lee county, Kentucky
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 11:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve never seen this bug before and couldn’t find it online anywhere.  Just curious, really.
How you want your letter signed:  C. Abner

Passionflower Flea Beetle stalked by Jumping Spider

Dear C. Abner,
We are amused at your image of a Passionflower Flea Beetle being stalked by a Jumping Spider.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae and adults freq. found on Passionflower (

Haha!!  Yeah, the spider wasn’t there when I went to take the picture.  He jumped out last second and did a ‘photobomb’!  And then went back to his hiding spot under the rail!
Thank you so much for the info!  You’re welcome to use my photos if you’d like.

Subject:  Charming lime-green jumping spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Pinellas, FL
Date: 05/03/2019
Time: 03:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! I found this charming lime green spider a few days ago, at school on a handrail underneath an oak tree. At the time I found him, it was a early summer day, very hot. After a little bit of spider-chasing, I had him on my hand. He didn’t seem that scared, and was quite interested in my phone, which he attempted(and succeeded), on multiple occasions, to jump onto. I’m writing this right when I have access to the internet again!
This charismatic little spider was about as big as the nail on my thumb, and moved in quick bursts. It was fond of jumping, which was odd because the only thing that resembled that of the jumping spiders i’m familiar with is the face. I considered keeping him for a little while just to look at him and study his feeding behaviour, but I thought that would constitute as arthropod kidnap and I thought he’d like his tree a lot better. I let him go back on the trunk of the oak tree(which was a bit hard, since he was very interested in my upper arm), so he wouldn’t be squashed by passerby.
How you want your letter signed:  Chance Arceneaux

Magnolia Green Jumper

Dear Chance,
This little beauty is a Magnolia Green Jumper,
Lyssomanes viridis, and she is actually a female.  The Magnolia Green Jumper is a species with pronounced sexual dimorphism, meaning the male Magnolia Green Jumper looks like a very different species.  Here is a BugGuide image of the male.  Though we question how many passersby would have even noticed her, we are nonetheless tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award as an acknowledgement of your concerns.

Magnolia Green Jumper