Sometimes you don’t even need to leave the yard to find something unusual.
Yesterday while I was watering I noticed this bright red dot jumping off of a my hoya plant. When I looked closer I noticed this tiny jumping spider, so I grabbed my camera to get some shots of him. Or her rather in this instance, because when I researched to see if I could find the identification I was surprised at what I found out.
I had never seen one of these before and have spent most of my life right here in Southern California, but it appears to be a common jumping spider here. It prefers an at sea level habitat to the tree line. It is also called a Johnson Jumping Spider and is not particularly dangerous to humans. I loved that, “not particularly dangerous”. Is that ever good? I don’t think so, to me this means you should avoid these right?
Their habitat is beneath debris, wood and anywhere undisturbed on the ground. This one was in a potted plant outside. It spins a silky tubular web, and since it is a sight hunter, sleeps at night and is active during the day.
They eat prey almost the size of themselves consisting of moths, flies, caterpillars and spiders. The females are known for eating the males.
They grow up to 3/4 of an inch. This was a baby!
The male has an all red back while the female will have two stripes down her back.
The bite isn’t fatal. You will see swelling and pain that lasts for several days.