Unusually-marked Bold Jumper
Phidippus audax (Bryantae variation)


Phidippus audax - Bryantae variation
I have lots of these Phidippus audax species in my yard in Taylorsville, Utah and they rule my deck, but
this is the
first I have ever noticed with the unusual white markings on the carapace that seem to point
directly to the bright white pedipalps out front.  Bugguide calls spiders like these a Bryantae variation,
which they explain on this page. © Carol Davis 5-30-2014


unusual Phidippus audax
I took these two pictures before the shy guy retreated beneath the deck but I have to say this is the most beautiful
Phidippus audax I've ever seen. They are exceptional hunters but people
are really freaked out about their large
 size and quick movements. Jumping spiders are the cream
of the crop when it comes to cleaning up your pests -
and are not really out to get you (despite what my friend, Claudia, thinks).  © Carol Davis 5-30-2014


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