Unidentified

Picture ID 172086

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Is this a young jumping spider? Is it safe to put in the basement? I found it under a tool in my toolbox. I live in New Hampshire, but the spider may have hitchhiked from elsewhere, because the packaging for the tool was open when I bought it, and because and the inexpensive tool was likely made overseas. The spider is approx. 1/2 inch long (12mm) has a light orange, slightly reddish spot on its abdomen. I currently have it in a clean, empty, plastic prescription bottle. It's cold and winter where live, so I don't want to put it outside, unless it can survive the cold weather.

  • Submitted by: 
    GGO
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2023
  • Photographed: Jan 16, 2023
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
  • Spotted Indoors: Garage or shed
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
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karacantha

definitely a jumping spider! I can’t identify the specific species from this photo, unfortunately. I think it could be an adult too, since it looks pretty mature. To answer your question, jumping spiders are great and totally safe to keep in the basement. It will likely enjoy the warm place to stay and will eat whatever bugs it can in gratitude. 🙂

TangledWeb

Thank you karacantha! I live in the same state as the spider, most fuzzy Jumpers here are Phidippus audax, Bold Jumpers. ggo, they are native or naturalized. There isn’t much for them to eat outdoors right now, but as keracantha said, a cellar or basement works. My house has a stone foundation, I have populations of arthropods down there year-round.
The orange spot on the abdomen indicates age in this species, I don’t remember if orange (vs. white) is immature or adult.