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Spider Photos - Phiddipus Johnsoni

Commonly called Jumping spiders, the Salticidae are also affectionately referred to as  Charlies, Herbies or Salties. They are very common around the home and their anthropomorphic nature endears them to most people. The family name is derived from the Latin "salto" which means to dance with pantomimic gestures. This is the largest spider family and includes more than 5000 species worldwide. These spiders are harmless to man although there have been complaints where this comical, engaging animal has been accused of nasty bites. Here's a video from National Geographic of a jumping spider catching a bee. Click here. One of my viewers, Graeme, has sent in some great photos of Australian Jumping Spiders. Click here for a page of his photos. Here's some photos sent in by viewers.

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JUMPING SPIDERS

The red-backed jumping spider (Phidippus johnsoni) is one of the largest and most commonly encountered jumping spiders of western North America. It is not to be confused with the unrelated and highly venomous redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti). When threatened, the redbacked jumping spider can inflict a painful bite that may last several days, in self-defense, but with no serious medical consequences. Adults tend to be about a centimetre in length. Both sexes have a bright red abdomen; the female has in addition a black central stripe. The chelicerae of both sexes are of a shining teal colour. The rest of the body is mostly black. It is one of the species of jumping spiders which are mimics of mutillid wasps in the genus Dasymutilla (commonly known as "velvet ants"); several species of these wasps are similar in size and coloration, and possess a very painful sting. The distribution of P. johnsoni is bounded by the Great Plains, the Pacific Ocean, northern Mexico , southern Canada and Adriatic coastline of Croatia. It occurs from sea level to tree line, occupying relatively dry habitats such as coastal dunes or oak woodlands. This species constructs conspicuous tubular silken nests under rocks and wood on the ground and sometimes grape vines. They remain inside these at night and during bad weather. Moulting, egg laying and sometimes courtship and mating occur inside these nests. Most of the time they feed on prey about half their own size, but a range from 2 millimetres (0.079 in) to about 1 centimetre (0.39 in) has been observed. Although found to feed on a wide variety of insects (e.g., flies, bugs and moth caterpillars and adults), they also prey heavily on spiders. Cannibalism does occur from time to time, in the form of females feeding on males.
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23 January, 2018:
Hi, Glen - Do you happen to know what this spider is? It was in my house in Southern California today. The size was a little bigger than a quarter, I think. Iím not sure if it is a spider or a beetle but it was hairy. Yikes!

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9 August, 2017:
My wife and I were wondering if you recognized the attached spider spotted in British Columbia. Vince

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8 April, 2017:
This was found in Sacramento, Ca area. Can you tell me something about it? Maybe it's name? Thank you.

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16 January, 2017:
Hello Glen, We found h this spider crawling out of a product shipped out of Mississippi - We are in So. California. Is this some kind of Orb spider? an You identify this . Thanks for your time! Jason

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13 November, 2016:
Hello! I found this spider on the ceiling of my white-walled kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Today, itís a moderate mid-70įís day. Iíve tried to identify it on the web, but no luck. Could you please tell me what type of spider this is? This picture is off its back; there were no notifiable red markings on its belly. Many thanks! Annie

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Reply:  Some sort of jumping spider- glen

18 July, 2016:
Glen, Here's another photo for your site of a jumping spider. Now that Spring is here I keep my macro unit ready for any surprises such as this. Jerry

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Reply: I think its a jumping spider- glen

6 April, 2016:
Hello! I found this spider on the ceiling of my white-walled kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Today, itís a moderate mid-70įís day. Iíve tried to identify it on the web, but no luck. Could you please tell me what type of spider this is? This picture is off its back; there were no notifiable red markings on its belly. Many thanks! Annie

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Reply: Could be phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider- glen

22 August, 2015
Found this in my flower pot can't find out what kind it is the phone when I read it looks like a juvenile because of the color we get to do it all

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Reply: Could be phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider- glen

22 August, 2015
What type of spider is this?

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Reply: Could be phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider- glen

22 August, 2015
Hello Glen, Iíve found your website and I am contacting you from Italy because Iíve never seen this spider (attacched file) in my life and now itís in my garden... I wonder if you may know whatís its name, itís about 1 centimeter long. Thank you so much in advance, Best regards, Cristina

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Reply: This is phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider- glen

22 August, 2015
Found it around the door handle of my car. Not sure how to identify it and tried looking g it up on Google but haven't seen this exact one. May have come across one that was black Instead of brown but still not really the same I don't think. I also have a video of it.

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Reply: This is phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider- glen

22 August, 2015
I found it in my bedroom on the wall up by the corner of the room. Venice CA. It's body was larger than a quarter, plump and a very bright and shiny red. It was super beautiful. Caught it and released it in the yard.

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Reply: This is, phidippus johnsoni, a jumping spider - glen

28 October, 2014:
I went to take a picture of this spider, and he kind of jumped around a bit, so... rebecca

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Reply: This is a jumping spider - glen

19 June, 2014:
I recently found this spider in my backyard and wondered what type of spider it might be. Can you help?

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Reply: This is a jumping spider too - glen

1 April, 2014:
Can you identify? Thanks

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Reply: This one could be Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

19 December,  2013:
Hi. I hope I'm not being too cheeky in asking for your help. There are a few spiders that I used to see a lot when I lived in Greece, and try as I have, I just can't identify them. I would really love to know what they were, and in the hope that you might be willing to help I've attached a few photos to this email. Many thanks, Katrine

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Reply: You are correct, this is a female Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

7 December, 2013:
Hi there, I was wondering if you could help me identify this spider. I live in Los Angeles, California, USA and I found it in my garage. I thought at first it was a Johnson Jumping Spider but then read that those are only ~1 cm; this spider was significantly larger (~4-5 cm). Any help you be greatly appreciated, Thanks, Mike

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Reply: Yes it is Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

27 November, 2013:
Have started seeing these for the first time. Looks like a jumping Spider, but much bigger than previous onrs and doesn't move like one.

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Reply: This is a jumping spider - glen

7 November, 2013:
Found this interesting- I think a spider- on my back porch. I believe he has 8 legs, anyway I live in Flagstaff AZ if that helps. Appreciate you looking at my pics, Jill

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Reply: Could be Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

7 October, 2013:
Found this spider wandering on my wall/ceiling of my house today. Could you tell me what it is? Thanks, Mary

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19 June, 2013:
found him/her in brownwood texas.... never seen one like it before

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Reply: Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

19 June, 2013:
Found this spider in some grapes bought at a local supermarket. If the picture isn't clear enough let me know and I'll try to get a better one. Keith

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15 June, 2013:
found him/her in brownwood texas.... never seen one like it before

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Reply: Yes, this is a jumping spider - glen

15 June, 2013:
Any chance you could ID this spider for me? Thanks! Sean

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Reply: Yes, this is a jumping spider - glen

15 June, 2013:
Can u help me identify this spider??

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Reply: This is a jumping spider - glen

12 May, 2013:
Can you help me identify this spider?? I found it in Pahrump, Nevada Thank you, Sheila

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Reply: This is a female Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also commonly called Johnson jumping spider - glen

12 May, 2013:
I found this spider? in my house today and photographed it before we caught it and released it outdoors. It was on a recycle bag handle. The handle is 1-3/16 inches wide, to help with the size. I tried to get a 100% grab of the "eyes" that may help. Thank you for identifying this for us.

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Reply: This is a male Phidippus johnsoni, the red backed jumping spider, also called Johnson jumping spider - glen

6 March, 2013:
Hello! What a passion you have! Terrific site and very informative - Might you identify this spider I found in my house? Seemed shy and I have never seen one like this before here in Los Angeles, CA, USA -

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14 November, 2011:
Hi. I found this in my dining room. I live in Los Angeles, CA. I can't find it online. Would love to know what it is. It's so pretty! Thanks. Ann

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14 November, 2011:
Hello, I've been looking around your website trying to find out what two spiders I found in/around my house that I have never seen before in my life. I am no spider expert and I am terrified of spiders! I live in Southern CA. It would be great if you could identify them for me. Feel free to use these photos on your website if you would like. After some research, I think that the first one is the Jumping Spider b/c it looks almost exactly like the one on your website (but this one has gray furry legs). I woke up, terrified, finding it clung to the ceiling, hovering over my bed. I caught it with my bug zooka and let it outside on a pine cone. It might be hard to see b/c it kind of camouflages. The second spider I found a couple of years ago actually in my garden. I managed to take a photo of it killing a honey bee :( I think it might be a crab spider, but I'm not sure. Thanks, Clare

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24 June, 2011:
Please tell me what this spider is. I live in Everett Washington. Thanks, Heather

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1 December, 2010:
Any ideas, I'm in California, Thanks!

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19 July, 2009:
Hi Glen I live in Parksville, BC which is approx. mid Vancouver Island on the East side. Came across this 'fellow' this afternoon. Unfortunately this is a pic of it after 'he' was stunned a little. Any thought on the species? Don

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Reply: This is a jumping spider - glen

30 June, 2009:
This spider was found by my husband on our patio tile in the sun. He said it was 4 inches big. What kind of spider is this? It seems to possibly resemble the Jumping Spider but is thicker and more hairy like a tarantula. I live in Los Angeles, CA.

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28 May, 2009:
Hi, This spider is approximately 3/4" long by about half and inch wide. Found it in the house but put it back out in the garden. It sort of resembled a wolf spider (to me). Would appreciate an email back to Thanking you in advance. Paul

 


 

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Reply: This is a jumping spider.

4 September, 2008:
Hi! Great site. I found these 2 spiders in Maricopa Arizona. The black spider was on my back porch and the brown spider was inside the house. Spiders are very common here. In the last 2 years I believe that I've identified wolf spiders, orb weavers, black widows and brown recluse. Can you tell the names of these spiders are? Both are roughly the size of a quarter. Thanks, Jim

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Reply: It looks like some sort of jumping spider.

27 November
, 2006:
Hi, is there any chance you could take a look at photos and id spider. It
come from California.
Many thanks Guy


 

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5 April, 2006:
Hi! little Phidippus johnsoni was hiding behind a pillow on my sofa today! (At least, I think that's what she is) My dogs and I almost landed right on top of her!? I put her out on the deck and took this picture before she scampered off. I'm guessing it's a she, since there's a stripe (kind of) down the middle? Great Website! Best, Kari Jo

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4 December, 2005:
 Hello- I found this in my living room. It was caught on the ceiling and definitely saw me coming. Iím in South Pasadena CA . So you what species it may be. Iíve never seen one like this before. Ryan

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10 October, 2005:
Hello Glen, I was wondering if you could ID this spider. I found it in Santa  Barbara, California in my livingroom. I have never seen this type of  spider and wanted to know if it is dangerous. Thanks
Jim Giordani
s.b.jim@cox.net

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