- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
- Suborder: Araneomorphae
- Family: Salticidae
- Genus: Phidippus
- Species: Phidippus audax
Common Name (AAS)
Other Common Names
Daring Jumping Spider, Bold Jumping Spider, White Spotted Jumping Spider, Jumping Spider
Nicholas Marcellus Hentz, 1845
There have been 185 confirmed sightings of Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper), with the most recent sighting submitted on December 12, 2018 by Spider ID member catoucatou. The detailed statistics below may not utilize the complete dataset of 185 sightings because of certain Phidippus audax sightings reporting incomplete data.
- Web: 7% of the time, Phidippus audax spiders are sighted in a spider web (Sample size: 138)
- Sex: 27 female and 31 male.
- Environment: Phidippus audax has been sighted 89 times outdoors, and 59 times indoors.
- Outdoors: Man-made structure (67). On flower (2). Low foliage (8). Ground layer (7). Under rock or debris (3). Saltwater (1). Forest (1).
Location and Range
Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper) has been sighted in the following countries: Canada, United States.
Phidippus audax has also been sighted in the following states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Phidippus audax has been primarily sighted during the month of May.
- January: 3
- February: 5
- March: 14
- April: 24
- May: 72
- June: 28
- July: 4
- August: 2
- September: 2
- October: 9
- November: 4
- December: 3
- Some of the body colors we have selected are the potential colors of the chelicerae (jaws) of this species. They have an iridescent sheen and can be metallic green, blue, or occasionally pink or purple.
- The most distinctive and typical marking is a white (or orange) triangular patch in the center of its abdomen.
- Careful, this species can look remarkably similar to some Phidippus regius; the adult males of the two species are almost inseparable, except by the experienced eye.
- In adult males, the front pair of legs are the thickest and have long, conspicuous tufts of white and black hairs.
- Juvenile specimens may have black and red or black and orange banded legs.
- Silken egg sacs are attached under rocks or tree bark, old logs, or in other crevices, and the female stands guard over it. Each brood may have anywhere from 50-200 orangish eggs within it.