|Our P. whitmani- 10 mm (2/5 inch)|
These jumping spiders live in the leaf litter and low lying plants in wooded areas like we were exploring. They hunt by sight, their family having the best vision of all invertebrates. Moving cautiously while hunting and stalking prey, they make quick jumps several times their body length. Jumping spiders can be identified by their prominent head and two large eyes forward and their other six small eyes above.
|"My what big (central) eyes you have" P. johnsoni by Kyron Basu|
|Note large head- P. whitmani- Stephen Schueman|
These four minute movie outtakes depict general behavior of our Phidippus whitmani, extracted from a hour long video posted by Community Video. You can see facing turns, grooming, and feeding on a mosquito, then a fly, followed by an immature Pisaurina mira spider (Araneae: Pisauridae).
This is one of a series on finds on the Master Naturalist training field trip. More pictures from the field trip are at Finds from the Field.