Adult Female Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

There is this one light fixture I always check when I come home hoping to find a jumping spider, as there is a little spider nest up inside the lid. This morning, to my delight, I saw the front legs of a Phidippus sticking out when I checked! I carefully coaxed her out of her home without damaging the it (or more importantly, her) and preceded to photograph her with my new camera and take a short video (with a little Canon point and shoot camera). When I was finished, I placed her back in the fixture, and she promptly returned to her little shelter.

(text/photos: Thomas Shahan)

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