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Not a Good Day for the Jumping Spider

A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider,  a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you go hungry. Take the case of the huge jumping spider (a female Phidippus audax or bold jumping spider, as identified by Wade Spencer of the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology) hanging out in our Spanish...

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Valentine's Day: Looking for a Suitor?

A jumping spider sunning itself. Another jumping spider is below. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Valentine's Day, it's inaccurate to say that "everything is coming up roses." Not everything. Think jumping spiders on flowers. They come up, too. Take that jumping spider (family Salticidae) perched on a red trumpetlike vine at the Benicia...

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Stop and Smell the Roses...

A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stop and smell the roses. Yes, we should all do that. We should take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the beauty of nature, the beauty of roses, the beauty of a single yellow rose.  But sometimes there's a bonus in those roses,...

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Jump! How Far?

A jumping spider, Phidippus audax,

Who's that knocking on our front door? Actually, we didn't hear it knock. It appeared out of nowhere and climbed up to our doorbell.  We gingerly placed the jumping spider, Phidippus audax, in a vial to transport it to our backyard bee...

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Spiders? Scary? Spooky?

Jumping spider eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Look, there's a spider!" A sure-fire way to frighten arachnophobics is the very mention of "spiders"--especially on Halloween. Spiders aren't insects but arthropods, order Araneae. They have eight legs, which according to some, are...

Posted on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 2:06 PM

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