Jumping Spider eats MOth

Never seen in 36 years
Location: Vancouver BC Canada
June 16, 2011 6:52 pm
I thought I’d seen all the spiders in my yard, but apparently not. I have seen a few of these in the last couple of days and was wondering what they were. Btw my most unfavorite spiders in my house/yard are the giant house spiders, man are they fast!
Signature: Shawn B

Jumping Spider eats Moth

Dear Shawn,
This is a Jumping Spider in the genus
Phidippus.  Many species in the genus are highly variable in color and many species look similar.  Here is a photo that looks close from BugGuide.  Jumping Spiders do not make a snare to capture prey.  They are hunting spiders that jump great distances.  They have excellent eyesight.  They will follow the movements of a human observer.  This poor individual pictured on BugGuide looks as though it didn’t survive its human encounter.

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