Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)
The Daring Jumping Spider gets its name from its habit of leaping on its prey. It is a hunter that does not spin webs.
Description: This spider is 1/3 to 1/2 inch long and has a large, stocky body. It is black with long white hairs. The abdomen has a triangular white spot and some specimens also have white spots or bars. Various body parts are iridescent. It has eight eyes and very sharp vision.
Habitat: Jumping spiders are found inside houses and outside on stones, sticks, and soil. Its range is from southern Canada to all of the United States.
Collection of the Illinois State Museum
Photograph by Bryan McGee
Accession #: 952
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