Can you id this spider?
June 15, 2010 4:26 PM   Subscribe

Need help identifying this spider? (Found in Northeast. Link to pictures inside).

Saw the little guy (or gal) crawling around in my kitchen. It's hard to get the sense of scale in the photos but it was a bit smaller than a dime. It has very curious markings on its back and has fuzzy legs. I live in the Northeast if that helps.

View of markings on back:

Sharper and more detailed image:
posted by jeremias to Pets & Animals (10 answers total)
It's a jumping spider of some kind. Cute as a button, and endlessly entertaining to interact with.
posted by scruss at 4:37 PM on June 15, 2010

It's a jumping spider. Very common.
They will look right at you, with their two big eyes and six little ones.
And they don't care that you outweigh them by a million to one, because they are tough.
posted by hexatron at 4:38 PM on June 15, 2010

Agreed looks like a jumping spider but hard to tell without a front shot. Used to love to watch them when I was kid growing up in VA.
posted by white_devil at 4:40 PM on June 15, 2010

Best answer: ... probably a Phidippus.
posted by scruss at 4:41 PM on June 15, 2010

Best answer: I'm pretty sure its a Phidippus, possibly regius
posted by Cold Lurkey at 4:49 PM on June 15, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks! As a bonus I now know about Bugguide and its ID request page.
posted by jeremias at 4:59 PM on June 15, 2010

Awesome. These guys have such a neat locomotion, with the sudden motions and the turning/spinning in place. Very cute.
posted by darkstar at 5:07 PM on June 15, 2010

It's definitely a Bold Jumping Spider, Phidippus audax. While they look very similar to Regal Jumpers P. regius, Regal jumpers are only found in the far south, like Florida.
posted by sanka at 5:22 PM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Putting a small mirror in front of one can be fun.
posted by dws at 7:38 AM on June 16, 2010

Is my spider the same? Mine is from New Orleans.
posted by Hoenikker at 8:18 PM on June 16, 2010

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