I think this is Phidippus princeps, but it’s a highly variable species and I didn’t feel like hacking it apart to examine genitalia. Plus I don’t know how to key out spider genitalia at all, so it would have been a senseless thing to do. But it was definitely capable of jumping: leaped onto my lens twice, which is always a bit unnerving. They are harmless, but when you are habituated to seeing them through a macro lens, the subconscious brain tags them as massive predators. I survived. This was one of three spiders I photographed within a small area in Swarthmore, PA, a few days ago.
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I’m pretty sure this is a daring (or bold) jumping spider, Phidippus audax. He was very, very large, though you can’t tell it from the photograph. Found at same location as the spider I posted earlier. It was a good spider day (and there’s even one more). Swarthmore, PA.
Found this clump of fluff a few days ago and initially wasn’t sure what it was. I’d assumed it was some sort of a gall, but when displayed on a big monitor I could see there were legs sticking out. Pretty sure it’s a spider parasitized by a cordyceps fungus. I’m guessing Torrubiella leiopus. But if I’m wrong about it being a spider underneath, I’ll retract that guess. Sort of looks like Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.
I found some tiny yellow spiders patrolling some lava in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, during a light rain. Pretty sure they are striped lynx spiders (Oxyopes salticus). It’s been dry since then and I haven’t seen them. They are absolutely adorable.
I’ve watched hundreds of wasps hover around spider webs hoping to steal a meal or a spider, but rarely have I seen them foolish enough to get trapped. This was one was foolish. The spider was tiny, but approached the wasp every several minutes and threw a few strands of web on the wasp, then retreated. You can see the hind legs pulling out threads of silk. The wasp got away, by the way. Photographed at the Cornell Ornithology Lab in Ithaca, NY.