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Racine, United States

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Jumping Spider
Phidippus audax

Jumping spiders are bold daytime hunters with acute vision. The spiders leap onto their prey and overpower it. It is a common predator of many crop pests, including boll weevils, spotted cucumber beetles, bollworms, cotton leaf worm, fall webworm, cotton fleahopper, lygus bugs, stink bugs, three-cornered alfalfa hoppers, leafhoppers, sorghum midges, mosquitoes.
This species varies in size and color but average around 0.5 inch long. The spiders are mostly black, and typically the top of the abdomen has a rather large white to red central spot and a pair of smaller posterior spots. The chelicerae are metallic green. Juveniles often have orange abdominal spots that turn white at maturity.
Phidippus audax is a grassland and prairie species, but it is also found in open woodland, old fields, gardens, and around and in homes. The species is widespread from southeastern Canada and the eastern United States to Washington, New Mexico and eastern Mexico. It has been introduced into Southern California and Hawaii. It winters as subadults, matures and mates in the spring, and produces egg sacs under bark of logs in the summer.

Taken at Pritchard Park in Racine, WI
Using a Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd
ISO- 100
Aperture- f/4.0
Exposure- 1/320

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