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280 days of Urbpandemonium #139

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I wouldn't let myself get away with this substandard photograph for this project, but I know that you can just click here and see amazing examples of the same animal. This of course is a female Phiddipus audax* sometimes called the daring jumping spider. They have a knack for surviving around humans, hunting at windowsills and other spots where insects congregate. The "mask" on the abdomen and the green chelicerae are distinctive. These spiders are so charismatic that some people keep them as pets like mini-tarantulas.


* Phidippus: "Likely from Cicero's oration (speech) De Rege Deiotaro; Phidippus was a slave who was physician to King Deiotaros. Phidippus: Greek, 'one who spares horses'." Audax: literally bold or daring. An apt description of this tiny creature who seems unafraid of the giants around it.

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bedfull_o_books
Aug. 7th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
Best. Spider. Ever. Seriously. They are the most adorable things.
morty_baby
Aug. 8th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
I had a jumping spider as a pet and used to feed him house flies. He jumped out of my life years ago, though - as all loved ones do. Traitor.
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