Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Spider



Another spider spotted in CT. This one really catches me eye more than spiders I requested in the past. Looks like black eyes, blueish/greenish fangs, a bit of a hairy back and hairy legs. Body color is blackish/brownish with white stripes. Legs seem to be kind of like a tan and dark brown. Found on my fathers car in a parking lot with overhanging trees. What spider is this?

Dear Douglas - This is Phidippus audax, a jumping spider (family Salticidae) known as the bold or daring jumper. This is a very common and widespread species, and like other jumping spiders, has very good eyesight, and readily follows any movement in its field of vision. See <http://tinyurl.com/pbo493d> and <http://tinyurl.com/mbjdad8> for more detailed information.
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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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