Say ‘Hello’ to my little friend

Yesterday afternoon when I got home, there was a visitor waiting for me. My wife had informed me of his presence prior to my arrival, so I was not unprepared.

Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

Bold Jumping Spider - (Phidippus audax)

This is commonly called a Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax). They are easily identified both by their relatively large size (13 to 20 mm long) and their iridescent chelicerae (part of their mouth). Of course I had to snap a couple photos before I maneuvered him into a small box so that I could put him outside. I really need to have a macro lens for opportunities like this.

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