Sunday, June 6, 2010
Scary Looking Spider
As far as I can tell, this is what is called a Phidippus Audax, which is a common jumping spider of North America. The common names it is called are Daring Jumping Spider and Bold Jumping Spider. This creepy little fella was indeed daring and bold.
I was trying to catch up with this little beasty with my camera, but it began moving kind of fast. At first it tried to hide from me, but I was persistent about it. I wanted to get a few really good pictures of him because I had never seen a spider so impressively big before. Thankfully, our cold climate keeps most cold blooded creatures small, so this was a good find for me.
Of course, this was all before I found out that it was called a Jumping Spider! That's another name that these spiders have earned. These spiders catch their prey by pouncing on them! Just thinking about that gives me the creeps every time I think of the way it had focused those eyes on me.
Have a nice day!!!