Saturday, June 24, 2017

NEW OR OLD BEE PREDATOR? submitted by beekeeper Jon

Beekeeper Jon caught this itsy bitsy spider having a bee snack on his spray bottle.   I've noticed similar colored spiders lurking under the lip of my outer covers.



2 comments:

Gerard Schubert said...

Looks like a Daring (aka:Bold) Jumping Spider. An opportunist predator. Probably been around almost as long as honey bees.

Found on the WEB:

Phidippus audax in the family Salticidae. As their name implies, jumping spiders are active hunters who can leap several inches to leap across gaps or pounce on their insect prey. They also have one pair of their eight eyes greatly enlarged, giving them excellent forward vision. They see movement very well, and will seemingly turn to follow the motion of anything moving near them, be it insect prey or your finger. These spiders normally live outdoors, but can also occasionally be found indoors, especially the males who wander considerably looking for females. These spiders are harmless, and some people even keep them as pets. I have included some links below to websites with more information about these spiders.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phidippus_audax

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/bold-jumper

http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Phidippus_audax/

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