Jumping Spider   (four photos)
Phidippus octopunctatus



Phidippus
            octopunctatus
I think 2010 was the last time I saw one of these so it was
 exciting to
find what I think is a male on Antelope Island,
 Davis County, UT.  I was not able to get in close because it was
inside a bush, so I shot a picture from inside the car. When I got
out to get closer, it dropped
to the ground and disappeared in
the brush. They are a very skittish species. 
Carol Davis 7-1-2018

Phidippus
            octopunctatus
This most recent Phidippus octopunctatus I found was also on Antelope
Island. They are hard to find.  Carol Davis 7-22-2010

large jumping spider
This spider was walking around the base of a sunflower but it hid in a vertical
position when it saw me watching it and attempting to get a photograph.  I don't
know how I got this in focus, but it worked.  It's ironic that having never seen one
of these before, I came upon another one
the same day in a different area
on Antelope Island .  Carol Davis, 7-23-2009


phidippus spider
Phidippus octopunctatus is an interesting spider that's found throughout the Great
 Basin desert.  According to one page I read, this spider builds a prominent nest
 in a bush to hold its egg sac.  This third picture now makes me a little curious. 
I don't know if the spider was alive or dead, but it wasn't moving and it was
actually hanging upside-down (just flip this photo).  Carol Davis, 7-23-2009

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