I thought this was Platycryptus undatus, but now I'm confused. Individual 1 of 3.
It looks like a Gray Wall Jumper Spider
Were you able to verify?
Hm. I have some input from others that Platycryptus undatus, the Tan Jumping Spider doesn’t occur in my area and that Menemerus bivitattus, the Gray Wall Jumper, is my local equivalent. It looks like BugGuide.net confirms that Platycryptus undatus is strictly an Eastern species. However, BugGuide.net describes Menemerus bivitattus as “pantropical,” found anywhere south of North Carolina and across the southern US states to Florida. Since I’m in Idaho, I’m perplexed; however BugGuide.net does list an ‘unconfirmed’ population in Minnesota, which is certainly colder than Idaho. Maybe it does live here. I certainly can’t argue with your ID. Thank you… Read more »
Somebody reminded me of the existence of Platycryptus californicus, which is listed by BugGuide.net as occurring in Idaho. I’m inclined to go with that one for now, since I’m in range for it. 🙂
I cannot help with the identification of your little friend but I have to tell you that I love the pics you were able to get! Especially the one of his cute little face and eyes! It is like he posed for the picture!
Thank you! I wish they had turned out sharper, but he didn’t hold still for long.
Yes, I love that little face! The eye-stripe, the pedipalps looking like a moustache, the tiny shiny eyes – he’s adorable. I especially love the way jumping spiders tap their pedipalps on surfaces. It makes them look like they’re fidgeting.
It looks like Menemerus bivittatus, but it is not present in Idaho, too cold. I think that the good choice is Platycryptus, which is typiccaly north american.
Thanks for the input! 🙂