Regal Jumper Spider (Phidippus regius)

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

This female has a variation of markings from those that usually visit my property. I think they are the cutest spider in the world.

Males are black and white with blue eyes. Very beneficial, I have even seen them capture and eat invasive cuban treefrogs.

I can’t quite make out what this gal has in her clutches. She was a tiny thing, although the photo makes her seem large, she was about the size of a nickel.



Shown on Florida Native Plant Blackberry (Rubus spp.)

Another view: look at those eyes:


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