Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius)

This is a female orange form. Males are black/white with blue eyes. They don’t use webs, but do use silk.

VERY beneficial. Will catch grasshoppers and other pests, including the juvenile invasive cuban treefrog shown here. Good Girl!!

I found her eating when I opened up the timer of my water system to restart it. Often the treefrogs will short out the timer and I have found the spiders nesting in the cover on many occasions. I guess they know where to find an easy meal.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/regal_jumping_spider.htm

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