Arachnids (Spiders)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) with prey

Male. miniscule.  I can’t quite make out what he has in his clutches.



distribution of genus:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)


My take:



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

Regal Jumper Spider (Phidippus regius) female

I think they are the cutest spider in the world. This is a female.

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



Shown on Florida Native Plant: GOLDENROD (Solidago sp. likely fistulosa)

another photo:

Photos from 2013:


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Nursery Web Spiderling (Family Pisauridae)

I tried to identify this guy (gal?) but wasn’t coming up with a match.  So I checked the unidentified juveniles section of bugguide.  Found one who could probably be this one’s long lost twin.


Order Araneae – Spiders
Infraorder Araneomorphae – True Spiders
No Taxon Entelegynae
Family Pisauridae – Nursery Web Spiders

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take:


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

These spiders do not construct a web capturing prey by grabbing it when it gets close. It will capture pest insects but also will be found with pollinators in its clutches which may upset some, but Ive seen it with stink bugs and leaffooted bugs and similar so it is quite beneficial in my book.


Learn more:

and more:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

My take:

My take 2: Lynx Spiders: Its a boy and a girl and a boy etc.


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crab Spider (Thomisidae family)

This tiny speck of a spider is perplexing to get a positive identification.

I first figured it was just one of the Mecaphesa spp. but the coloring seemed different.

So, I submitted to Bugguide hoping it *may* be Synema viridans but without having the spiders “in hand”, even experts can’t decide.  Other possibilities include Diaea sp.,

Learn to identify some crab spiders:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: : TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Peppered Jumper Spider (probably Pelegrina galathea)

It took off before I got any better photos, so identification is “pretty sure” but not 100%.

Learn: (includes a great video)

Diagnostic drawings:

Teeny tiny. From markings I’d say it is a female.

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

Photo of male:

size ref. for Peppered Jumping Spider


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta)

One of the Long-jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae).

Diet: small insects


Species UPDATE 2018:  “L. argyrobapta is resurrected regaining the status of type species for the genus.” (source: [

Taxonomic split from L. venusta:

see also:

What does Charles Darwin have to do with this spider?

Made the web in lower branches of Florida Native Plant: LIVE OAK (Quercus virginiana)


Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) bottom

Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta)