Phidippus audax
(Bold Jumper)

Picture ID 9244

Picture of Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper) - Dorsal

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I believe this is an Bold Jumper, Phidippus audax, found on top of my red Ford Edge car, but want to be sure. It isn't normally seen in Oregon, but has been spotted here in the Willamette Valley before (I'm from Eugene, OR). Any help would be appreciated. Also, I have remarkable video I recorded of a larger one attacking a BC Chickadee hatch-ling---I would like to confirm that is the same spider. Anyone ever hear of one doing this before? Check this video out:

If you're interested, check out the links to the rest of my bird nesting videos as well as the live USTREAM of the birdhouses this season, and follow them in USTREAM.


LINK TO RECORDED VIDEOS OF NESTING ACTIVIES: (can be viewed and/or downloaded)

Eugene, OR, USA

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your right about the species


poor baby bird, I like spiders but it sort of got instant karma when mum showed up. Most jumping spider species will take on prey bigger than themselves, never seen it like that though most don’t have a camera in the nest to observe good catch.


Wow, that’s interesting. Thank you for sharing. Some spiders can prey on small birds but I’ve not seen a a Jumping Spider do that before (I don’t specialize in them though). Usually it’s big orb-weavers or tarantulas I see with birds, or some cobweb spiders I’ve seen (usually Widows) successfully take on similarly large prey like snakes and rodents. I wonder how that would have ended if Mom hadn’t shown up and how that baby bird is going to do now that it was apparently bit? Did follow up video show whether or not the baby was doing well? There’s… Read more »


Poor birds! I live in Springfield and I have seen these spiders in my flower beds along the house line, in my house and on my patio. I have even had one in my car, which almost caused me to wreck. Scared my friend and me to death. It was on the dash and coming straight for us. We had to pull over and exit the vehicle. Then had a good laugh on how ridiculous we were being. However, we didn’t get back into the car until the spider was removed. :0) I have seen them all times of the… Read more »

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