Daring or Bold
Jumping Spider (three photos)
15 mm - female
I opened my shed door and this large spider plunked to the
ground below. You can tell they're large when they "plunk".
This immature female wasn't doing much moving since she was
knocked from her web where she
was probably preparing to molt. Maybe she thought she was
in the middle of a nightmare.
I've seen female Phidippus audax before but this one
was the biggest I've seen and she's not even
totally matured. She's also the most golden I've seen. I
finally coaxed her up onto a piece of paper
and relocated her inside the shed. She hasn't returned to the
door as yet. They love my shed doors.
I hope I get to see her when she's full grown--she'll be a
monster. © Carol Davis 4-25-2010
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